Southington teen pleads guilty to manslaughter in fatal fire

Kristen Milano

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A 19-year-old Southington man must decide whether to take a plea deal in a manslaughter case stemming from a fatal fire that prosecutors say began when he threw a firework into a friend’s apartment.

Eric Morelli is scheduled to be in New Britain Superior Court on Monday morning.

Nineteen-year-old Kristen Milano became trapped and died in the fire last June.

Prosecutort say Morelli has acknowledged that he threw the firework, known as a “popper,” into the Milano family apartment in an attempt to wake Kristen’s brother.

He faces charges including manslaughter, arson and reckless endangerment.

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