Updated 09/27/2008 09:54 AM
Wlasiuk found guilty of murder
CHENANGO COUNTY, N.Y. -- The jury deliberated for about six-and-a-half-hours over a two-day period. At 11:13 a.m. Friday, they reached the same verdict the first jury came to six years ago.
"It was so much harder this time, having to live it again. Maybe now I can stop living it every day," said Joyce Cardozo, Patricia’s mother.
During the trial, the defense argued that police had tampered with evidence and to make their case, they presented an evidence submission form written out by the New York State Police. Among evidence listed on the form was a quote from Patricia's diary saying she feared for her life. This proved pivotal for the jury's decision.
"It would have been going a lot longer without that piece of paper. And we asked the judge, whether or not it was okay to read it and it was. So we were able to make a judgment on that," one juror said.
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"Proper instruction would have been you can consider it as somebody wrote that as a lab submission form, but you can't consider it for the truth of what's stated," said Randy Scharf, defense attorney for Wlasiuk.
"The specific evidence of the diary, that's obviously up to the jury. But there was a ton of evidence, the pictures, the testimony that came before them," said Chenango County District Attorney, Joseph McBride.
While Wasiuk's defense attorney says they will file an appeal.
"Pete didn't kill his wife, not even close. And we're just going to stay in the fight until the fight is sorted out properly," Scharf said.
Patricia's family says they feel like they've reached a final closure.
"My concern is pretty much with the little girls. Because not only did they lose their mom but they lost their dad too. But I'm happy with the verdict. Justice prevailed," said William Scoonmaker, Patricia’s son.
Sentencing is set for October 24th. The district attorney says he'll seek anywhere from 25 years to life in prison.