Updated 12/18/2006 07:03 PM
Oxley sentenced for murder
Convicted murderer Wayne Oxley, 41, will serve 25 years to life behind bars for beating Bernard Trickey with a baseball bat. Trickey's father said nothing will bring his son back, but Oxley's fate offers a bit of closure.
Bernard Trickey Sr. said, "This is just a step in that direction, but we'll play it by ear."
During court, Oxley told the judge he wanted to hear him say the words "25 to life" just so he could walk out of the courtroom with his head held high. Minutes later, he heard those words. But St. Lawrence County District Attorney Nicole Duve said even a lifetime in jail can't make the Trickey family whole again.
Duve said, "I'm hoping that they'll move forward with fond memories of their son Bernie, husband, father."
The defense attorney filed a notice of appeal Monday morning. And because of his knowledge of the case, he hopes to be involved in that process.
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Defense Attorney Richard Manning said, "Mr. Oxley has to apply to have me assigned, that's a process. It goes to the appellate division. They contact the county, they say who do you want to get assigned, and I'm hoping I get assigned."
Manning said he was not surprised by Monday's outcome, but claims Oxley is an innocent man.
Manning said, "This is definitely a stain on this county. Just like blood, you can't get it out with water, bleach, or soap, anything."
After the sentencing, Oxley gave supporters a thumbs up. He then walked out of the packed courtroom with his head held high.