Former Schenectady building inspector cleared of most, but not all charges

March 06, 2018 07:01 PM

SCHENECTADY - A jury has found a building inspector not guilty of most charges in connection with a deadly apartment fire in Schenectady.

Former Schenectady building inspector Kenneth Tyree was found not guilty of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in connection with a deadly fire on Jay Street three years ago Tuesday. However, he was found guilty of offering a false instrument for filing for lying about his criminal record on his job application.

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Tyree was supposed to inspect the fire alarms in the Jay Street apartment building, but prosecutors said he failed to do that. The building caught fire the next day, and four people died.

Tyree testified he did not have enough training.  His attorney said the city is making Tyree a scapegoat.

Tyree will be sentenced in May. The district attorney says he faces 1 1/3 to 4 years behind bars.


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