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Stamford Pool Company Chief David Lionetti Agrees To Plea In Child’s Death

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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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