MOUNT VERNON — Amber Pilotti, 32, will spend up to 15 years in prison for her part in the death of Brad Grosscup, 52, in February.
On Sept. 16, she entered guilty pleas to charges of complicity to commit felonious assault, tampering with evidence, gross abuse of a corpse and aggravated arson. A charge of complicity to commit murder and a second charge of aggravated arson were dropped in exchange for her testimony in the trial of Jedediah Lang, 32, also charged in Grosscup’s death.
Judge Otho Eyster accepted the prosecution’s recommendation for a total of 15 years, to be served consecutively. The majority of the sentence was 10 years on the aggravated arson charge. Her sentence also includes five years of post-release control, meaning she will have to register with the sheriff’s department wherever she lives during that time. She will also have to register as an arson offender.
Her sentence included three years for complicity to commit felonious assault, 18 months for tampering with evidence and six months for gross abuse of a corpse.
Defense attorney John Dankovich said the result of 15 years was excessive and suggested 10 years, but Eyster went with the longer sentence.
Brian Grosscup, brother of the victim, addressed the court before sentence was passed. Grosscup said his brother wasn’t perfect, recounting a childhood bout with pneumonia and losing a leg just a few years ago.
He said Brad was a good brother, uncle and son and “he didn’t deserve to die this way. I have a sad picture of him trying to get out of his burning house with only one leg.”
Pilotti apologized to the Grosscups for what happened and said, “if I could change things I would.”
Dankovich said Pilotti was “scared for her life,” when the event occurred.
Grosscup was found dead at his 209 Shirley Ave. apartment when Mount Vernon firefighters responded to a fire alarm there. An autopsy revealed that he was dead before the fire was set.
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