Crest Inn Suites & Cottages

State Police believe a man who died recently at Crest Inn Suites & Cottages in Wilton was killed by a bullet fired through a wall in the motel. On Monday, Daniel A. Salas-Miranda, 40, pleaded guilty to two felonies and will serve up to 10 years in prison.

WILTON — State Police believe the man who was found dead in a room in a Wilton motel last week was apparently shot to death through a wall from a neighboring room, and authorities have identified the alleged shooter.

Investigators do not believe the suspect intentionally shot 61-year-old Michael Kornacki before his death at Crest Inn & Suites on Route 9, but that a handgun was fired in a room at the motel and the round went through a wall and hit Kornacki. A homicide charge is expected in the coming weeks, though it was unclear what level of charge would be brought, according to State Police.

State Police said the death had no connection to the fatal limousine crash that involved a vehicle owned by the family that owns the motel.

Police were called to the motel on Oct. 10 to investigate the death of a man in a room. No obvious external injuries were noticed, but an autopsy located a bullet in the man’s body, officials said. It was determined that round had apparently caused his death, but autopsy results have not been released as to how it killed him.

State Police evidence technicians located evidence that a shot had been fired through a wall, and a resident of the room was questioned and jailed on a charge that was not related to the death, authorities said.

He is believed to have illegally possessed the handgun in the shooting, which had been reported stolen out-of-state, and the suspect may also face charges for possible immigration violations, as he is in the country from Mexico.

State Police spokesman Beau Duffy said the agency was not releasing additional information about the cause of death, potential suspects or other aspects of the investigation as of Friday.

Duffy said Kornacki had been living at the motel. An obituary published in area newspapers indicated he was a native of Schenectady who had lived in Corinth and worked drilling wells and repairing well pumps.

Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen said the inquiry was ongoing as of Friday, and it was too early to speculate on potential charges in connection with the death.

“The investigation has been ongoing. No one has been charged,” Heggen said.

Staff at the motel has not commented on the case.

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