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Man sentenced for blowing up his house in suicide attempt

January 10, 2019

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A 73-year-old New York man has been sentenced to prison for blowing up his house in what police said was a suicide attempt.

Santo Cok of Buffalo was sentenced Wednesday to three to nine years in prison.

Prosecutors say Cok disconnected a gas line at his home in April and lit a candle. Cok was unhurt but the explosion destroyed his house and caused a fire that damaged two neighboring homes.

He pleaded guilty in October to arson and reckless endangerment.

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