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Orleans County man facing charges in carbon monoxide deaths

May 04, 2018 12:50 PM

A man is facing charges after the death of a Kendall mother and son who died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

David Wiley Jr., 39, faces two counts of criminally negligent homicide and two counts of reckless endangerment.

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Joan Gilman, 38, and her son Richard Gilman, 14, died last month in their home on Center Road in Kendall. 

In a press conference Friday, investigators said they charged Wiley with a crime because what they accuse him of doing was so obviously dangerous.

The Sheriff and the district attorney say Wiley powered his side of the duplex with a generator that was placed directly inside the house, underneath the apartment of Joan Gilman and her son.

The undersheriff and the district attorney say he started the generator on April 15 when power was shut off and ran it for 17 straight hours. 

Orleans County Undersheriff Christopher Bourke said in a statement,"well its an absolute tragedy that didn't have to happen. You know you've had a, what I would call a gross negligence with regard to operating that generator inside a garage which is not what an ordinary person, a prudent person would do. So the levels reached the point where, you know they couldn't survive."

Wiley faces a maximum of 7-years in prison.

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