3 found guilty of manslaughter in deadly 2015 East Village explosion

David Caplan
November 15, 2019 - 3:30 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The three defendants in the manslaughter trial over the deadly 2015 gas explosion at an East Village building were found guilty Friday.

The building's owwner, Maria Hrynenko, 59; unlicensed plumber Athanasios Ioannidis, 63; and general contractor Dilber Kukic, 44, were all found guilty. 

They were on trial for rigging an illegal gas line at the building, located on Second Avenue and 7th Street.

Two people were killed in the blast: Sushi restaurant worker Moises Ismael Locon Yac and diner Nicholas Figueroa, 23, who was on a date at the time.

"Unbeknownst to the people who were walking down the street, driving down the street, there was a virtual bomb lurking under the East Village," Assistant District Attorney Randolph Clarke said in his opening statement.

Three buildings collapsed from the explosion and another was damaged.