11 October 2019

Major Brian Shortall
Troop C Commander


UPDATE: New York State Police have arrested four people for the Class A Felony of Murder in the second degree. 

Two suspects are 15-years-old, a third suspect is 17-years-old and the fourth suspect is identified as 32-year-old Nicolas Meridy, age 32.  All of the suspects are from the Oneonta area.  All four have also been charged with Burglary in the first degree.  

An additional youth has been charged with Burglary in the first degree. 
Troopers were dispatched to a residence on Head Road in the town of Worcester at approximately 9:17 p.m., Thursday, October 10, 2019 for a report of a fire.  Troopers located Kenneth W. Robinson, age 53 inside the residence deceased.  A trooper pulled Robinson out of the buring residence.  A subsequent investigation revealed that Robinson sustained a fatal gunshot wound prior to the fire.  Two children were inside the residing with Robinson at the time of the incident but were unharmed. 

The New York State Police have determined that no additional suspects are being sought at this time.  This is not a random act of violence and there is no threat to the public. The motive is robbery but Investigators are still trying to determine exactly what the suspects were looking for. 

The New York State Police was assisted by the City of Oneonta Police Department, Otesgo County Sheriff’s Department, Delaware County Sheriff’s Department and the Colchester Police Department, New York State Park Police, Office of Fire Prevention and Control, Worcester Fire Department and East Worcester Fire Department. 

As the investigation continues, the State Police asks any one with informtion to call (607)561-7400. 

Original release:

New York State Police are investigating a house fire and a suspicious death in the town of Worcester. 
Troopers were dispatched shortly before 9:00 p.m. Thursday to a report of a fire in the town of Worcester, a subject was located inside the residence. The subject was located deceased and the death appears to be suspicious in nature. 
The investigation is on-going, more details will be released later. 

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