3 sentenced in arsons that 'terrorized' McKeesport neighborhood

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An Allegheny County judge today sentenced three men for starting fires in vacant houses in McKeesport last year.

James Rocco, Corey Sease and James Langer Jr. confessed to their roles in four arsons on Forest Street and East Street which destroyed three vacant houses in McKeesport's Fawcett plan, according to police affidavits

The house on Forest was struck twice.

The three pleaded guilty in September to charges of arson, conspiracy and reckless endangerment.

Common Pleas Judge Joseph K. Williams III sentenced Rocco, 26, of McKeesport to nine to 18 months in jail plus 20 years of probation. Sease, 23, of North Versailles, received six to 12 months in jail and 10 years of probation. Langer, 25, of McKeesport got one year of house arrest and 20 years of probation.

Langer also is required to get mental health evaluation and treatment.

In the five months from January to May 2012, McKeesport police and the county fire marshal's office investigated the blazes in the 2600 block of Forest Street and at two locations in the 700 block of East Street.

McKeesport police Lt. Chris Halaszynski told Judge Williams the neighborhood was "terrorized" by these fires and noted that a firefighter was injured while battling one of the blazes, according to a press release from the district attorney's office.


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