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A former judge who was convicted of causing a natural gas explosion that injured eight people while he was trying to kill himself was sentenced Thursday to five years' probation and ordered to undergo psychiatric therapy.

Larry Feingold, a former administrative law judge with the city's Environmental Control Board, was sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Atlas, who convicted him April 28 of reckless endangerment after a nonjury trial.

The defendant said he extinguished the stove pilot light, sealed the front door, turned on the gas and, having taken sleeping pills, lay down beneath the open oven door and waited to die.

A spark, apparently from the refrigerator's compressor, ignited the gas. The explosion blew out his apartment walls.

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