NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — Anthony Baye is sentenced to state prison after pleading guilty to setting a series of fires in Northampton three years ago including one that took two lives.
On the two manslaughter charges, Baye was sentenced to no less than 19 years but not more than 20 years in prison on each charge, to be served at MCI-Cedar Junction in Walpole.
The manslaughter sentences will run concurrently.
Following his prison term, Baye will serve 15 years probation.
As part of his probation, Baye will have to undergo counseling, be fitted for an electronic monitoring device, possess no illegal drugs, and be subject to random drug screenings.
On Monday, Baye admitted in court to setting a series of fires on December 27, 2009 in Northampton, and pleaded guilty to manslaughter, along with charges of intimidating a witness and arson.
One of those fires that night, at 17 Fair Street, took the lives of Paul Yeskie Sr. and his son, Paul Jr.
Baye also admitted Monday to other arson fires dating back to 2007.
Before Judge Sweeney rendered her sentence, victim impact statements were heard, including one from Elaine Yeskie, Paul Yeskie’s widow.
In her remarks before the court, Yeskie told Judge Sweeney that there wasn’t anything her husband or son wouldn’t do for anyone.
Yeskie added that she feels responsible for going back upstairs and out of house after husband said call fire department.
To that comment, Judge Sweeney told Mrs. Yeskie that she should not feel that way.
Yeskie’s granddaughter also read a statement for her grandmother , in which she noted that “If Paul Yeskie and his son could live a day for every tear I shed, they would live forever.”
Baye’s defense attorney David Hoose simply noted in his remarks that Baye is terribly sorry for pain he caused others and his family.
After the sentencing, the Yeskie family and law enforcement held a news conference.
Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan was first to speak,” Our journey for justice has ended but the time to heal and move forward is now,” says Sullivan.
Prosecutor Brett Vottero talked about the community impact,” I’ve never had a case where I truly felt the community had been victimized as much as this case,” says Vottero.
Elaine Yeskie’s granddaughter was asked about the sentence,” It’s bittersweet because it’s nice to hear he’s taking credit fror what he’s done, but at the same time you can never get back what’s lost,” says Erica Desreuisseau.