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Upstate NY man convicted of killing mom, 2 others
Upstate NY man convicted of killing his mom, 2 others, before setting home on fire last summer
By The Associated Press

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) ' An upstate New York man has been convicted of killing three relatives with a shotgun and burning down their rural home before fleeing with his girlfriend and their baby.

Local media report a Washington County jury deliberated for about two hours Thursday before finding 24-year-old Matthew Slocum guilty of arson and three counts of second-degree murder.

On the witness stand, Slocum admitted setting the house on fire but blamed the killings on his girlfriend, Loretta Colegrove. He said he heard blasts and saw her gun down his stepbrother in their home in White Creek, near the Vermont border 35 miles northeast of Albany.

Colegrove testified it was Slocum who shot his mother, stepfather and stepbrother on July 13.

Slocum was arrested that day in New Hampshire after a multistate manhunt.

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