STAMFORD, CT (AP/CBSNewYork) – A swimming pool company president charged in a Connecticut boy’s drowning has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide, a misdemeanor.
David Lionetti pleaded guilty Wednesday in Stamford Superior Court under an agreement that calls for no prison time.
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His company, Shoreline Pools, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and will pay $150,000 for water-safety advertisements.
Prosecutors allege Lionetti recklessly caused 6-year-old Zachary Cohn’s death in 2007 in Greenwich, because his company failed to install a required safety device that would have prevented the boy’s arm from getting stuck in a powerful pump drain.
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His attorney has said Lionetti was unaware of a 2004 law requiring the device.
Attorneys for both sides say they don’t know of another case in which a pool company executive was criminally charged in an entrapment death.
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