New York Man Sentenced for Setting Fire to Business

November 4, 2016

The last of three New York men who set fire to a business belonging to one of the men’s father has been sentenced to more than three years in prison.

Prosecutors say 51-year-old Christopher Gorman of Buffalo had been drinking with the others in June 2014 when one of the men, upset that his father was losing the contracting business he co-owned, asked the others if they’d help burn it.

The group used Molotov cocktails made with their empty beer bottles, gasoline and a T-shirt as a wick. The outside of the building sustained about $2,200 in damage.

Gorman was sentenced in federal court Wednesday to 41 months in prison.

The two accomplices, Lowell Carey and Ryan Smolinski – whose father co-owned the business – were sentenced earlier.

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