Homeless man dies after being pushed into New York river

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Posted: Jun 25, 2015 10:05 AM

OGDENSBURG, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say an argument between two homeless men ended when one pushed the other into a northern New York river and let him drown.

St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain says 47-year-old Kerry Ulrey and 57-year-old Brian Sharpe were drinking early Tuesday morning along the St. Lawrence River in Ogdensburg, on the Canadian border.

Rain says the men began to argue and Ulrey shoved Sharpe, who couldn't swim. The DA says Ulrey watched Sharpe go under without trying to save him. Rescue crews found his body around 9 a.m. after he was reported missing.

Ulrey was charged with criminally negligent homicide. He's being held Thursday in the county jail without bail. It couldn't be determined if he has a lawyer.

Rain says Ulrey has a criminal record that includes convictions in California, Louisiana, Utah and New York.