NY teen who killed dad, 2 brothers gets 15 to life

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Associated Press

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 24 at 10:37 AM

WEBSTER, N.Y. (AP) — A teenager convicted of setting a fire that killed his father and two brothers inside their western New York home has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

Local media outlets report that 16-year-old Michael Pilato was sentenced Wednesday in Monroe County Court in Rochester but didn't comment.

Pilato was convicted last month of second-degree murder, attempted murder, murder by arson and arson. Police say he poured gasoline throughout his Webster home and set it ablaze in December 2011, killing his 71-year-old father, Carmen, and brothers, 16-year-old Peter and 12-year-old Josh.

Pilato's mother and 13-year-old sister were injured.

A defense lawyer argued Pilato was experiencing "extreme emotional disturbance" when he set the fire.

Pilato's mother supported him through the trial and says he didn't purposely set the fire.

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