Cops: NY teen set fire that killed dad, 2 brothers
WEBSTER, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a 15-year-old boy poured gasoline throughout his upstate New York home and set it ablaze, killing his adoptive father and two brothers.
Michael Pilato was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder and arson, hours after the early morning fire at his home in Webster, a Rochester suburb.
The Monroe County district attorney has asked that Pilato undergo a mental evaluation before being sent to a juvenile lockup. Pilato doesn't have a lawyer yet, and no plea was entered.
Police say Pilato poured the gas and set the house ablaze at around 1 a.m. They haven't discussed a motive.
His father, Carmen Pilato, and two younger brothers, Peter and Joshua, were killed. Neighbors say they believe all the children were adopted.
Mother Elaine Pilato and sister Elizabeth suffered minor injuries.