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Crimes on Long Island involving multiple fatalities (in a single instance)

May 10, 2014 A street race in Farmingdale resulted in a crash, killing five teens.

Cory Gloe, 18, of Farmingdale challenged his friend to a race while stopped at a red light at Route 110 and Conklin Street, a prosecutor said in court. His friend lost control and crashed, killing himself and four friends. Gloe was not directly involved in the crash, but was later indicted on manslaughter and assault charges. The case is pending.

All those killed were onetime students at Farmingdale High School.

Oct. 8, 2012 A wreck on the Southern State Parkway in Lakeview killed four teenagers.

The sole survivor and driver, Joseph Beer, 19, of South Richmond Hill, Queens, pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide in Nassau County Court. He admitted he was impaired by marijuana when he got behind the wheel.

A plea deal included the prosecution's agreement on a prison sentence of 5 to 15 years and came after a jury found Beer guilty of manslaughter charges in June.

Jurors had deadlocked on other charges related to whether Beer was drug-impaired.

June 19, 2011 David Laffer shot four people to death in Haven Drugs on Father's Day while robbing the pharmacy of pain pills and muscle relaxants. Laffer is serving life in prison for the murders, and his wife, Melinda Brady, who helped plan the robbery, is serving 25 years.

Nov. 20, 2007 Two adults and a child died from fumes caused by a gas-powered generator placed in a home at 437 Sunrise Hwy. in West Babylon.

Landlord Wilson Milord was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison for the deaths of the three tenants in the home he owned. He pleaded guilty to three counts of criminally negligent homicide and other charges.

Oct. 31, 2007 A Smithtown teen crashed his car and killed three people.

Steven Badke, 18, was accused of driving more than 80 mph and veering across the centerline on Jericho Turnpike in Smithtown. Badke's 2004 Honda Civic slammed into a minivan. A 13-year-old boy who was in the minivan was killed along with two teens thrown from Badke's car.

He received a 30-day jail sentence in Riverhead after pleading guilty to reckless driving.

Badke had initially faced three counts of criminally negligent homicide, but Suffolk County Court Judge C. Randall Hinrichs threw out the felony charges.

Dec. 7, 1993 Colin Ferguson, a Jamaican immigrant, opened fire on a 5:33 p.m. train from Penn Station near the Merillon Avenue station in Garden City, killing six people. He got a prison sentence of at least 315 years and 8 months to life behind bars, and has a 2309 parole eligibility date.


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