Convicted arsonist appealing case

ALBANY – Oral arguments were heard Friday before the state Supreme Court Appellate Division in another case involving convicted arsonist Jeffrey Alnutt.

Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sira said today that although Alnutt lost his appeal last year on one arson case, this is related to another fire.

“That appeal [last year] was for Steele Avenue,” she said. “This is for the Park Street murder case.”

Sira said she participated in oral arguments Friday, and the Appellate Decision decision is expected in six weeks.

Alnutt was found guilty of starting a Dec. 21, 2007, fire at 22 Park St., Gloversville, that killed a tenant. He had been convicted in May 2010 of murder, manslaughter, reckless endangerment and arson in connection with the fire.

Alnutt is currently serving a 25 years-to-life sentence.

He previously lost an appeal in the State Supreme Court Appellate Division on Dec. 27 after he challenged various aspects of his conviction in Fulton County Court for taking part in starting a fire in a Steele Avenue building in January 2004. He had been sentenced to a state prison term of five to 15 years for arson and insurance fraud convictions in that case.