SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - It was supposed to be day two of testimony in the Anthony Baye murder and arson trial, instead he changed his plea to guilty on all charges.
One-by-one 28-year-old Anthony Baye admitted to each of the 48 charges against him, including arson and manslaughter, the original murder charges were changed in the deal.
Baye admitted to setting the fire that ultimately killed Paul Yeskie Sr. and his son Paul Yeskie Jr. in late December 2009.
"Justice was achieved in this case," said Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan.
Prosecutors and defense lawyers reached an agreement that included Baye change his plea to guilty, even admitting to fires set earlier in 2009 and in 2007.
"So, it's not just about the victims in this case, but also the entire community to know that we have a safer community and there won't be any more threat of arsons from this particular individual," Sullivan added.
The plea agreement means Baye faces 19-20 years in prison followed by 15 years probation.
Northampton's Stephen Guy's car was torched in the 2009 arson spree and was in court planning to testify. Still living in Northampton he says it feels good knowing his community is a little safer.
"I'm hoping we can all move forward, hopefully people can take a deep breath, sigh of relief, I think I'll continue to lock my cars and make sure my house is locked but I think justice has been served," Guy said.
A judge will make a final sentencing ruling Wednesday morning in Northampton.