Men sentenced to probation in deaths of 2 boys at Letchworth State Park

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The men found responsible for the deaths of two boys at Letchworth State Park last summer were sentenced Wednesday.

Judge Michael Mohun sentenced Tyler Jennings and Chad Staley to five years probation. They will not face any jail time.

Jennings, 34, and Staley, 32, pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in February following the accidental deaths of Dylan Giangregorio, 9, and Preston Giangregorio, 6.

The two men and five children entered a restricted area of the park on June 11. They were in the water directly above the lower falls when the water swept the entire group over the 70 foot waterfall. 

It took New York State Parks Police a couple of days to recover the children’s bodies.

Staley was stuck on the brink of the water fall for nearly two hours and had to be rescued a rope recovery team.

Jennings and Staley were originally charged with manslaughter in the second degree as well as criminally negligent homicide, and endangering the welfare of a child.

The criminally negligent homicide charge carried with it a maximum of 1 1/3 to 4 years behind bars.

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