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NY man charged after deadly propane blast pleads

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FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) - An eastern New York man who was accused of tampering with a propane line before an explosion that killed six people has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.

The Glens Falls Post-Star reports that 34-year-old Steven McComsey is expected to be sentenced to 1-3 years in prison after the criminally negligent homicide plea Thursday. He had been facing six counts of manslaughter.

Under the terms of the deal with Washington County prosecutors, McComsey didn't admit wrongdoing, but acknowledged strong evidence he'd acted recklessly.

The explosion that destroyed his Salem home in July 2011 killed McComsey's girlfriend, the girlfriend's son and 2-month-old granddaughter, the baby's father, McComsey's nephew and a woman visitor.

Investigators said a spark from a water pump switch ignited propane that had leaked and accumulated in the cellar.

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