NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Northampton arsonist Anthony Baye has been sentenced to 19-20 years in prison for setting a series of arson fires, including one that killed a father and son.
More than 100 people filled a Northampton courtroom Wednesday morning to hear Baye's fate, and the stories of victims of the series of fires that he set.
Baye pleaded guilty to arson and manslaughter for setting dozens of fires between 2006 and 2009 in his own Northampton neighborhood. One of the fires, set in December 2009, killed 81 year-old Paul Yeskie, Sr., and his 39 year-old son, Paul Yeskie, Jr.
Elaine Yeskie, former wife of the elder Yeskie and mother of the younger, told the court about her husband, who she said that she never fought with. She said that she believes he saved her life the night of the fire at their Fair Street home.
Also making a statement before the court was a Hawley Street resident whose home was set on fire by Baye. She said that she lost everything she owned, including precious belongings that were her grandmothers. She also said that the only cat she ever owned died in the fire.
Baye's attorney, David Hoose, then spoke on his behalf; saying that Baye is very sorry for what he did, and didn't intend to kill anyone. He says that the resolution to the case has the imprint of countless people on it.
Despite the 19-20 year sentence, Baye has been given credit for 631 days he has already served in jail. He likely will be released from prison, therefore, in 17-18 years. He will then have to serve 15 years of probation.