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Man Pleads Guilty To Arson In Cohoes Fire

Dave Lucas
Damage on Remsen Street in Cohoes

The man blamed for starting a major fire last year that devastated much of downtown Cohoes, New York has pleaded guilty to arson. 

51-year-old Johnny Gomes appeared in Albany County Court Wednesday morning. Authorities say Gomes was trying to forge a sword in a barrel in his backyard on November 30th when embers from the fire spread beyond Remsen Street. More than two dozen buildings were destroyed or damaged.

Gomes faces a year in prison when he sentenced April 25th. He will also be ordered to pay restitution after a figure is determined.

Click here for WAMC's coverage of the Cohoes fire. 

Jim is WAMC’s Associate News Director and hosts WAMC's flagship news programs: Midday Magazine, Northeast Report and Northeast Report Late Edition. Email: jlevulis@wamc.org
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