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Judge hands down 15-to-life sentence for Rochester-area teen convicted in deadly fire

A Rochester-area teenager who set a fire that killed his father and two of his brothers will spend the next 15 years to life in prison.
Webster (WSYR-TV/WROC-TV) – A Rochester-area teenager who set a fire that killed his father and two of his brothers will spend the next 15 years to life in prison.

Michael Pilato was sentenced in Monroe County Court on Wednesday morning.

His father Carmen, and brothers Joshua and Peter Pilato all died in the fire set by Michael in December 2011 inside their home in Webster.

In court Wednesday, Pilato did not apologize, nor did he offer any comment during his sentencing.

District Attorney Sandra Doorley characterized him as a "budding sociopath."

His father's biological daughter, Angel Pilato-Shuman, told Monroe County Court Judge Vincent Dinolfo he was no longer part of the family.

Defense attorney James Nobles questioned a doctor's pre-sentence report calling Michael a sociopath.

He urged the court to give leniency, saying most defendants in New York never get parole and that Pilato's hardships and age should be considered.

The judge said in his 29 years of practicing law he has never seen a case with more horrific consequences than this.

He says he would have liked to have given a stronger sentence if the law allowed it.

Elaine Pilato says she plans on filing an appeal for her son.

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