Updated 11/18/2008 02:04 PM
Oxford man gets maximum sentence for murdering wife
NORWICH, N.Y. -- Monday was the first time we heard Peter Wlasiuk speak publicly. And despite his tearful plea, the judge sided with the prosecution and handed down a sentence of 25 years to life in prison.
Peter Wlasiuk did not take the stand during his murder retrial in September, but on Monday, he spoke out for the first time, tearfully pleading with the judge to set aside the verdict. Wlasiuk believes the jury convicted him based on an excerpt of Patricia's diary where she feared for her life. Wlasiuk says if the entire diary was read, the outcome may have been different, but the judge called the evidence against Wlasiuk overwhelming and said he intentionally killed Patricia and then staged an accident in Guilford Lake to cover up the crime.
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"There was no explanation by him as to how these injuries occurred, he as the judge stated, had no injuries to his body, no injuries to the car. And unfortunately, there are three children who will never see their mother again," said James Lentini, a juror.
"Unfortunately, it's not over for the family. The appeal process starts again. And so we've dotted all our I's crossed all our T's and hopefully Mr. Wlasiuk is in Attica for the rest of his life," said Joseph McBride, Chenango County District Attorney.
Wlasiuk will not be eligible for parole until he's completed 25 years of his sentence. But Judge Martin Smith told Wlasiuk he hopes he'll never be paroled, calling him "a person society should be protected from."
Wlasiuk was first convicted in 2002, but the verdict was thrown out on a technicality.