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Man pleads guilty in Clifton Park drinking death

Man pleads guilty in Clifton Park drinking death

Liam McGlinchey left on lawn, where he died
Man pleads guilty in Clifton Park drinking death
Liam McGlinchey (center right) with his brother Leo, sister Charlotte, and mother, Helen.
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One of two men who were arrested and charged with criminally negligent homicide in Clifton Park after leaving a highly intoxicated Liam McGlinchey outside on a lawn, where he ultimately died, has pleaded guilty to the charge.

Samuel Heroux, 22, of Cohoes, pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide, a felony, on Tuesday in Saratoga County Court.

He will be back in court for a sentencing on August 8 at 9:30 a.m.

The prosecutor's office would not comment on the second defendant, Isaiah DePiazza of  Clifton Park, who was underage at the time of the crime but named in court records. His record was sealed and it is unclear if his case has been adjudicated.

McGlinchey was 19 when he died in August 2017. Police said toxicology tests revealed McGlinchey’s blood-alcohol content at the time of his death was .40 percent -- a lethal level of intoxication.

McGlinchey was born in New York City. His family moved to Ireland in December 1998, where they stayed for two years before moving back to the United States.

Eventually, they returned to Ireland in 2013, and McGlinchey went to high school there. He moved to Clifton Park, where his mother grew up, in March 2017 to visit friends and to work on getting his GED.

When Heroux and DePiazza were officially charged in late March after a lengthy investigation by the New York State Police, Helen Savastio, McGlinchey's mother, said it was like losing her son all over again.

But on Wednesday, she said that the outcome was the only thing that she could have hoped for, considering the circumstances.

"I am aware that what happened to Liam has happened to other young people as well and that unfortunately other families have not had the same closure that I have had," she said. "For that I have to thank state police Investigator Anthony Di Lallo and his team and the District Attorney’s Office. It’s because of their hard work that Liam’s story was heard."

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