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Court denies appeal in Pagan case

November 29, 2012
The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The state Court of Appeals on Tuesday denied the last appeal of Victor A. Pagan, who was convicted March 2010 in Fulton County Court of insurance fraud in a high-profile arson case.

Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sira said today Judge Susan P. Read denied Pagan's application because there were no "constitutionally or statutorily appealable issues" in it.

"His state appeals are exhausted," Sira said.

The action Tuesday follows similar action by the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court in Albany in July, which also upheld his conviction.

Pagan and his wife, Aubrey Pagan, both 30, were convicted in Fulton County Court in connection with a 2004 Gloversville fire of two counts of third-degree insurance fraud, two counts of third-degree grand larceny, second-degree reckless endangerment, fourth-degree conspiracy and fifth-degree conspiracy. Aubrey Pagan, who lost her appeal, was sentenced to one to three years in state prison. Victor Pagan was sentenced to 1 1/3 to four years in state prison.

Jeffrey Alnutt - Aubrey Pagan's father - was convicted in December 2009 on all of the 10 counts he faced in connection with a 2004 fire at the 42 Steele Ave. apartment house he owned in Gloversville. The Pagans had lived there along with Jeffrey Hart.

Alnutt also had been convicted in May 2010 of murder, manslaughter, reckless endangerment and arson in connection with a fire Dec. 21, 2007, at 22 Park St., Gloversville, a building he owned. Debra Morris, 39, who lived in the second-floor apartment, died in that fire.

Alnutt was sentenced to a prison term of 25 years to life for that fire.



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