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Arsonist Anthony Baye sentenced to 19 to 20 years in state prison

  • Naomi Cairns listens to the Yeskie families victim statement at the sentencing of Anthony Baye Wednesday morning in Northampton.

    Naomi Cairns listens to the Yeskie families victim statement at the sentencing of Anthony Baye Wednesday morning in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Bernadette Giblin crys while listening to victims statements by the Yeskie family at the sentencing of Anthony Baye Wednesday morning in Northampton.

    Bernadette Giblin crys while listening to victims statements by the Yeskie family at the sentencing of Anthony Baye Wednesday morning in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Elaine Yeskie at the sentencing of Anthony Baye Wednesday Morning in Northampton.

    Elaine Yeskie at the sentencing of Anthony Baye Wednesday Morning in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Debra and Peter Baye at the sentencing of their son Anthony Baye.

    Debra and Peter Baye at the sentencing of their son Anthony Baye. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Anthony Baye at his  sentencing  Wednesday morning in Northampton.

    Anthony Baye at his sentencing Wednesday morning in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Anthony Baye at his  sentencing  Wednesday morning in Northampton.

    Anthony Baye at his sentencing Wednesday morning in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Elaine Yeskie speaks with Northampton Police Lt. Dorothy Clayton, before a  press conference Wednesday.

    Elaine Yeskie speaks with Northampton Police Lt. Dorothy Clayton, before a press conference Wednesday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • The court room at the sentencing of Anthony Baye Wednesday morning in Northampton.

    The court room at the sentencing of Anthony Baye Wednesday morning in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • left, Erica Desreuisseau, Elaine Yeskie's grandaughter, and Elaine Yeskie listen to special prosecutor, Brett Vottero at the press conference held after  the sentencing of Anthony Baye Wednesday morning in Northampton.

    left, Erica Desreuisseau, Elaine Yeskie's grandaughter, and Elaine Yeskie listen to special prosecutor, Brett Vottero at the press conference held after the sentencing of Anthony Baye Wednesday morning in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Debra and Peter Baye at the sentencing of their son, Anthony Baye, Wednesday morning in Northampton.

    Debra and Peter Baye at the sentencing of their son, Anthony Baye, Wednesday morning in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Elaine Yeskie at the sentencing of Anthony Baye.

    Elaine Yeskie at the sentencing of Anthony Baye. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Naomi Cairns giving a victims statement at the sentencing of Anthony Baye Wednesday morning in Northampton.

    Naomi Cairns giving a victims statement at the sentencing of Anthony Baye Wednesday morning in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Elaine Yeski speaks with Special Prosecutor Brett Vottero before the sentencing of Anthony Baye Wednesday morning in Northampton.

    Elaine Yeski speaks with Special Prosecutor Brett Vottero before the sentencing of Anthony Baye Wednesday morning in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Debra Baye before the sentencing of her son, Anthony Baye,  Wednesday morning in Northampton.

    Debra Baye before the sentencing of her son, Anthony Baye, Wednesday morning in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Defense attorney David Hoose speaks to Debra Baye with defense attorney Thomas Lesser in the background before the sentencing.

    Defense attorney David Hoose speaks to Debra Baye with defense attorney Thomas Lesser in the background before the sentencing. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Anthony Baye enters the court room at his  sentencing  Wednesday morning in Northampton.

    Anthony Baye enters the court room at his sentencing Wednesday morning in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Anthony Baye at his  sentencing  Wednesday morning in Northampton.

    Anthony Baye at his sentencing Wednesday morning in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Hampshire Superior Court Judge Constance Sweeney  at the sentencing of Anthony Baye Wednesday morning in Northampton.

    Hampshire Superior Court Judge Constance Sweeney at the sentencing of Anthony Baye Wednesday morning in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • at the sentencing of Anthony Baye Wednesday Morning in Northampton.

    at the sentencing of Anthony Baye Wednesday Morning in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • left, Erica Desreuisseau, Elaine Yeskie's grandaughter, and Elaine Yeskie listen to special prosecutor, Brett Vottero at the press conference held after  the sentencing of Anthony Baye Wednesday Morning in Northampton.

    left, Erica Desreuisseau, Elaine Yeskie's grandaughter, and Elaine Yeskie listen to special prosecutor, Brett Vottero at the press conference held after the sentencing of Anthony Baye Wednesday Morning in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • GAZETTE FILE PHOTO<br/>Arsonist Anthony Baye, left, seen here with his lawyer David Hoose on  Thursday, today was sentenced to 19 to 20 years in state prison for setting a series of fires in Northampton, incuding one that killed two men on Dec. 27, 2009.

    GAZETTE FILE PHOTO
    Arsonist Anthony Baye, left, seen here with his lawyer David Hoose on Thursday, today was sentenced to 19 to 20 years in state prison for setting a series of fires in Northampton, incuding one that killed two men on Dec. 27, 2009. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Naomi Cairns listens to the Yeskie families victim statement at the sentencing of Anthony Baye Wednesday morning in Northampton.
  • Bernadette Giblin crys while listening to victims statements by the Yeskie family at the sentencing of Anthony Baye Wednesday morning in Northampton.
  • Elaine Yeskie at the sentencing of Anthony Baye Wednesday Morning in Northampton.
  • Debra and Peter Baye at the sentencing of their son Anthony Baye.
  • Anthony Baye at his  sentencing  Wednesday morning in Northampton.
  • Anthony Baye at his  sentencing  Wednesday morning in Northampton.
  • Elaine Yeskie speaks with Northampton Police Lt. Dorothy Clayton, before a  press conference Wednesday.
  • The court room at the sentencing of Anthony Baye Wednesday morning in Northampton.
  • left, Erica Desreuisseau, Elaine Yeskie's grandaughter, and Elaine Yeskie listen to special prosecutor, Brett Vottero at the press conference held after  the sentencing of Anthony Baye Wednesday morning in Northampton.
  • Debra and Peter Baye at the sentencing of their son, Anthony Baye, Wednesday morning in Northampton.
  • Elaine Yeskie at the sentencing of Anthony Baye.
  • Naomi Cairns giving a victims statement at the sentencing of Anthony Baye Wednesday morning in Northampton.
  • Elaine Yeski speaks with Special Prosecutor Brett Vottero before the sentencing of Anthony Baye Wednesday morning in Northampton.
  • Debra Baye before the sentencing of her son, Anthony Baye,  Wednesday morning in Northampton.
  • Defense attorney David Hoose speaks to Debra Baye with defense attorney Thomas Lesser in the background before the sentencing.
  • Anthony Baye enters the court room at his  sentencing  Wednesday morning in Northampton.
  • Anthony Baye at his  sentencing  Wednesday morning in Northampton.
  • Hampshire Superior Court Judge Constance Sweeney  at the sentencing of Anthony Baye Wednesday morning in Northampton.
  • at the sentencing of Anthony Baye Wednesday Morning in Northampton.
  • left, Erica Desreuisseau, Elaine Yeskie's grandaughter, and Elaine Yeskie listen to special prosecutor, Brett Vottero at the press conference held after  the sentencing of Anthony Baye Wednesday Morning in Northampton.
  • GAZETTE FILE PHOTO<br/>Arsonist Anthony Baye, left, seen here with his lawyer David Hoose on  Thursday, today was sentenced to 19 to 20 years in state prison for setting a series of fires in Northampton, incuding one that killed two men on Dec. 27, 2009.

On Monday Baye, 28, pleaded guilty to 48 charges, including two counts of manslaughter for the deaths of Paul Yeskie Sr. and Paul Yeskie Jr. who burned to death in their Fair Street home on Dec. 27, 2009.

Baye admitted setting and attempting to set about three dozen fires, mostly in the Ward 3 neighborhood where he lived, dating back to 2007, including the fatal Fair Street blaze.

Hampshire Superior Court Judge Constance Sweeney imposed the sentence after hearing statements from four victims. She said in court that in addition to the direct victims of the fire, “The community of Northampton was a victim of this crime and the community is its own best protector.”

Baye’s trial began on Thursday, nearly 3½ years after he was arrested in January 2010 in connection with the December 2009 fires.

There was a single day of testimony on Friday that included the playing of a harrowing 911 call made by Paul Yeskie Jr. from inside his burning home, minutes before he and his father died, and tearful testimony from his mother, Elaine Yeskie.

Then in a dramatic turn of events Monday, Baye changed his pleas and took the witness stand to admit that he set dozens of fires in Northampton between 2007 and 2009.

As part of an agreement with the Northwestern District Attorney’s office, Baye not only pleaded guilty to the 36 charges he was facing in connection with the Dec. 27, 2009 fires, but also to 12 other charges resulting from the earlier fires.

In agreeing to the change of plea, the district attorney’s office reduced to manslaughter the murder charges originally filed as a result of the Yeskies’ deaths.

District Attorney David E. Sullivan said the manslaughter conviction means Baye will not be eligible for parole for 19 years. If he had been convicted of second-degree murder, he would have been eligible for parole in 15 years.

A first-degree murder conviction in Massachusetts carries a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.

Baye will be credited with 631 days already served in jail while awaiting trial. When he is released from prison, Baye will be on probation for 15 years during which time he will have to attend counseling, avoid illegal drugs, submit to random screenings and be subjected to electronic monitoring.

Check later on GazetteNET and in Thursday’s Gazette for full coverage of the Baye sentencing.

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