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Brothers who allegedly left their grandma to die in a fire, but saved meth lab equipment indicted

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ELMIRA, N.Y. – A Steuben County grand jury indicted two brothers on charges of second-degree murder in connection with a May fire that killed their grandmother.

The blaze broke out May 14 in the Village of Riverside and claimed the life of 82-year-old Gladys Ann Willow. Willow died from injuries she suffered while trapped inside the burning structure, according to New York State Police at Painted Post.

Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker told WETM that the brothers allegedly saved their meth-making equipment, but left Willow inside the home. After saving the equipment, they went to get cigarettes and did not report the blaze, the station reported.

A subsequent investigation involving state police and the Steuben County fire investigation team determined the Riverside house was the likely site of a meth-making operation, state police said.

As a result of the investigation, state police initially charged Willow’s grandson, Justin L. Gause, 21, of Corning, with second-degree manslaughter, first-degree reckless endangerment and third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, all felonies.

The Steuben County District Attorney’s Office presented the case to a grand jury, which last week indicted Gause on the more serious charge of second-degree murder. The grand jury also charged Gause’s brother, Jarrett Gause, 33, of Bath, with second-degree murder in connection with Willow’s death.

Jarrett Gause was arrested after the indictments were unsealed and is in custody at the Steuben County Jail.

Justin Gause was initially incarcerated at the jail but is currently free on bail, state police said.

Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker said the murder charge does not indicate the brothers intended to kill their grandmother, but reflects a greater level of recklessness than a manslaughter charge.

The suspects will be arraigned on the charges in Steuben County Court in the near future, Baker said.

Follow Jeff Murray on Twitter @SGJeffMurray.

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