Man who killed retired FDNY firefighter sentenced

Stephen Swanton shot Scott Krempler and wounded another man last year

By Leila Merrill

HERKIMER, N.Y. — The man found guilty of killing a retired New York City firefighter outside his seasonal home in Old Forge in 2020 was sentenced to 45 years in prison on Thursday, WKTV reported.  

Stephen Swanton, 44, shot two men in his driveway after an argument during Labor Day weekend 2020. Scott Krempler, 50, a retired FDNY firefighter from Putnam County, was pronounced dead at the scene. William Robertello, 55, survived.

In September, a Herkimer County jury found Swanton guilty of second-degree murder, first-degree assault and two counts of criminal use of a firearm.

Swanton was sentenced to 25 years to life on the murder charge, 20 years on the assault charge, to be served consecutively, and 10 years on the weapon charges, to be served concurrently.

Members of FDNY were present for the sentencing hearing to support Krempler's family.

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