Wrongful death lawsuit settled in Northampton arson case

Elaine Yeskie had sued Anthony Baye for fire that killed her husband and son

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — The wrongful death lawsuit filed against a Northampton man convicted of setting a fatal fire in 2009 has been settled.

Elaine Yeskie sued Anthony Baye for unspecified damages in October 2012 for the deaths of her husband, 81-year-old Paul Yeskie Sr., and son, 39-year-old Paul Yeskie Jr.

Anthony Baye is seen in this WWLP file image from his 2013 trial at Northampton Superior Court.
Anthony Baye is seen in this WWLP file image from his 2013 trial at Northampton Superior Court.

They perished in a fire set by Baye during a one-night spree in which he started more than a dozen fires.

The motion for dismissal as a result of the agreement was filed Friday in Hampshire Superior Court. Mark Tanner, Elaine Yeskie’s lawyer, tells The Daily Hampshire Gazette the agreement was actually reached almost a year ago. He did not provide details.

Baye was sentenced to up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to 48 charges, including two counts of manslaughter.

 

Paul Yeskie, Jr. (left) and Paul Yeskie, Sr. (right) were killed in a December 2009 arson fire at their home on Fair Street in Northampton.
Paul Yeskie, Jr. (left) and Paul Yeskie, Sr. (right) were killed in a December 2009 arson fire at their home on Fair Street in Northampton.
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