Outrage in Rockland County court as rabbi, son avoid prison time in deadly blaze that killed firefighter, nursing home resident

  • Source: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York
  • Published: 09/22/2023 12:00 AM

VIDEO: There was outrage in court in Rockland County where a father and son avoided prison time for starting a fire that killed a firefighter and a man at a nursing home. Dozens of firefighters protested outside the Rockland County Court House in New City and emotional victim impact statements were read in court. While a plea deal was agreed upon in June, Wednesday was the formal sentencing for 71-year-old Rabbi Nathaniel Sommer and his 29-year-old son Aaron after pleading guilty for causing the March 2021 fatal fire that killed Spring Valley Firefighter Jared Lloyd. A resident of the home, 79-year-old Oliver Hueston, was also killed. In a plea deal with the Rockland District Attorney's Office that was approved by Judge Kevin Russo, the father and son will not serve jail or prison time, but will pay $600 in court fees.


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