Arson receives lengthy prison sentence

The man who set fire to a Mettowee Street apartment has been sentenced to 14 years in state prison.

Upon his guilty plea to second-degree arson, 44-year-old Stephen Gyarmathy, of Porters Corners, was also sentenced last week to five years of post release supervision following his term.

The sentence followed allegations that on March 25, Gymarthy and co-defendant Joseph Guerrier drove to Mettowee Street in Granville, where Gyarmathy set fire to a residence with 13 people inside. The fire was started at the base of the only stairwell providing egress for the upstairs occupants, and residents had to be rescued from the roof.

No one was injured, and firefighters and police officers on the scene quickly knocked down the fire. The office of District Attorney Kevin Kortright said Gyarmathy had been permitted to plead guilty with a sentence of not less than 12 years and not more than 16 years in exchange for his truthful testimony against Guerrier.

Guerrier had consistently asserted that he believed Gyarmathy was intending to put sugared gas in the gas tank of a resident’s car and was unaware that he had started a structure fire. Gyarmathy, however, asserted that Guerrier knew the true intent prior to starting the fire. 

During Guerrier’s trial, Gyarmathy was hospitalized with a documented contagion for an extended period precluding his ability to testify at Guerrier’s trial.

New York State Police and Granville Village Police, with assistance from the Hudson Falls Police Department, Washington County Fire Investigation Unit and New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, investigated the case.

“While all involved acted exceptionally in identifying and prosecuting the culprits, District Attorney Kevin Kortright wishes to recognize Granville Village Police Officer Thomas J. Zovistoski and Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy David Buxton in particular. Their prompt response prevented greater tragedy,” officials said.

 

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Sentinel in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Northshire Freepress – 07/31/15

Lakes Classifieds – 07/31/15

Lakes Region Freepress – 07/31/15

Weekender – 07/31/15

Classifieds 07/29/15

Rain stops, the park rocks

Magill and Macri 3 cover

By Jamie Norton The skies opened up five minutes before Daryl Magill – one of the biggest draws of the […]

Dresden works to eradicate invasive weeds

Water chestnut harvester redit VT DEC

By Dan King The town of Dresden has started its annual effort to remove invasive water chestnuts from Lake Champlain, […]

Man walking to D.C. to ‘raise awareness’

don

By Dan King Don Duncan may be 65 years old but he’s not letting that stop him from raising awareness […]

Town, village to pledge support for bike trail

Canal Trail

By Dan King A multi-use trail from Waterford to Whitehall is expected to receive letters of support from both the […]

Hebron woman charged with urinating outside store

By Christina Scanlon A Hebron woman faces several charges, including driving while intoxicated and possession of marijuana, after witnesses and […]

Area man to hold talk about Robin Williams

By Linda Ellingsworth It’s been almost a year since the untimely passing of comic great Robin Williams, and a local […]

Ride to benefit veterans

By Christina Scanlon When the bikers hit the road for the third annual ride to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project […]