After blowing kisses through the window of the police car to the family of his alleged victims on Wednesday, on Thursday Gabriel Vega pleaded not guilty to seven charges surrounding the fire that claimed the life of Vanessa Milligan and her unborn baby. Milligan, 19, was nine months pregnant.
The judge at the Rensselaer County Court [New York] listed the charges.
*Murder in both the first and second-degree
*Burglary in both the first and second-degree
*Arson in both the second and third-degree
*Abortion in the first-degree
The family burst into tears as the judge read the charges against Vega.
Last April Milligan and her unborn daughter, Alina, were found dead after a fire spread to two buildings on 5th Avenue in Lansingburgh. At the time officials told the media they believed the fire was set to cover up the killing.
The Times-Union reported that a sealed indictment was handed up last week by a Rensselaer County grand jury. Vega, 18, was arrested Wednesday by Troy police and U.S. Marshals.
At a press conference after the arraignment, Rensselaer County Assistant District Attorney Carmelo Laquidara thanked the Milligan family for their patience.
“[This was the] most important unsolved case for a long time in our office,” said Laquidara. “It’s a big step, getting this violent guy off the streets so he can’t hurt anyone else.”
Source: Life Site News | Dave Andrusko