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Two Held After Arraignment For Slaying Of Family

January 31, 1987

HUDSON, N.Y. (AP) _ Two teen-agers who authorities say spent months involved in a fantasy role- playing game pleaded innocent to charges they killed four members of one boy’s household.

Wyley Gates, 17, and Damian Rossney, 16, pleaded innocent Friday in separate arraignments. Both are charged with eight counts of second-degree murder.

Columbia County District Attorney Eugene Keeler said the pair conspired for two months before Gates on Dec. 13 gunned down his father, Robert Gates Sr., 39; brother Robert Gates Jr., 19; cousin Jason Gates, 3; and Cheryl Brahm, 36, his father’s live-in girlfriend.

Autopsies indicated the four bled to death at Gates’ East Chathan home.

Authorities, who have not released a motive for the killings, say young Gates and Rossney planned the killings as part of a game based on the popular ″Dungeons and Dragons.″

They said the game was called ″Infierno,″ the Spanish word for ″hell.″ Gates earlier had been ordered held without bond, and Rossney was ordered jailed in lieu of $650,000 bond.

If convicted, the youths could be sentenced to 25 years to life for each count.

Gates is a member of the National Honor Society and vice president of the Chatham High School student senate. Rossney was described by school officials as a bright young man interested in skiing and computer science.

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