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Two sentenced in 2017 Clifton Park drinking death

Two sentenced in 2017 Clifton Park drinking death

Two left drunk friend who died on grandmother's lawn
Two sentenced in 2017 Clifton Park drinking death
Liam McGlinchey, center right, with his brother Leo, sister Charlotte, and mother, Helen.
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CLIFTON PARK -- Both young men involved in a 2017 incident in which another young man died of alcohol poisoning on his grandmother's lawn were sentenced in Saratoga County Court on Thursday.

Both Isaiah DePiazza, 19, of Clifton Park and Samuel Heroux, 22, of Clifton Park, pleaded guilty last spring to criminally negligent homicide in the death of Liam McGlinchey, whom they left alone and outdoors on Aug. 25, 2017, despite knowing he was extremely intoxicated. McGlinchey came to America from Ireland.

During a court appearance in Ballston Spa, DePiazza was sentenced by County Court Judge James A. Murphy to one to three years in state prison. He was originally to receive a shorter sentence under a plea agreement, but District Attorney Karen A. Heggen said he violated the terms of his pre-trial release.

Heroux, meanwhile, was sentenced to six months in the Saratoga County Jail, as well as five years of post-release supervision, also as part of a plea agreement.

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

Heroux and DePiazza were charged with criminally negiligent homicide in late February after a lengthy investigation by the New York State Police. Helen Savastio, McGlinchey's mother, who grew up in Clifton Park but later moved to Ireland, said at the time it was like losing her son all over again.

Thursday's sentencing included victim impact statements from members of McGlinchey's family, including Savastio, and his sister, Charlotte McGlinchey, who appeared on video from Ireland.

"It's a very sad case." Heggen said.

In court, Murphy chastised the men for their role in McGlinchey's death, even after they apologized for their involvement in the incident.

"“This is not about you. This is about Liam, his death, and his family," Murphy said.

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