Thursday, January 16, 2020
Sentencing expected tomorrow in the 2nd Avenue gas explosion case
[Photo from March 26, 2015 via @NYPDSpecialops]
The three people a jury found guilty in the deadly Second Avenue gas explosion are expected to be sentenced tomorrow (Jan. 17) — one week later than originally reported.
This past Nov. 15, a jury found landlord Maria Hrynenko, contractor Dilber Kukic and unlicensed plumber Jerry Ioannidis guilty of manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and related offenses for their role in the March 2015 Second Avenue gas explosion that killed two men.
In addition, they were also found guilty of assault charges for injuries to 13 people in the blast that destroyed the buildings at 119, 121 and 123 Second Ave. between Seventh Street and St. Mark's Place.
They each face up to 15 years in prison.
Prosecutors said that an illegally installed gas line triggered the explosion.
The sentencing was originally set for Jan. 10, but was pushed back one week for unspecified reasons.
There are still civil actions making their way through the courts. Hrynenko and her companies have reportedly been hit with a handful of lawsuits.
Previously on EV Grieve:
• Details on the guilty verdicts in the 2nd Avenue gas explosion case