WEBSTER, N.Y. (July 24, 2013)—Michael Pilato,16, who was convicted of setting a fire that killed his father and two brothers inside the family’s home in western New York home, was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison Wednesday.
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 father, Carmen, 71, and brothers, Peter, 16, and Josh, 12.
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 said he didn't purposely set the fire.