Pool Company Pleads Guilty to Criminally Negligent Homicide

Connecticut pool builder David Lionetti charged in a Connecticut boy’s 2007 drowning pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide for not installing a state-mandated safety device, reports say.

Lionetti, the president of Shoreline Pools, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and will pay $150,000 for water-safety advertisements after having been charged with manslaughter, which could have carried a 10-year sentence. He will be spared jail time under a plea deal accepted by a Stamford Superior Court judge, reports say.

The court said Lionetti recklessly caused 6-year-old Zachary Cohn’s death in 2007 in Greenwich after Shoreline Pools failed to install a required safety device that would have prevented the boy’s arm from getting stuck in a powerful pump drain, reports say. Authorities say the safety device would have detected the obstruction and turned the system off, saving the boy’s life. Lionetti was reportedly unaware of the 2004 state law that requiring the protection.

Lionetti will also perform 500 hours of community service and repair 100 pools to comply with legal requirements and building codes.

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