Peter Wlasiuk Guilty, Again

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Sep 26, 2008 at 6:57 PM EDT

The re-trial of Peter Wlaksiuk ends with the same verdict as his 2002 trial.

Guilty of murder in connection with the death of his wife, Patricia.

Her body was pulled from a truck in Guilford Lake in 2002.

Action News reporter Erik Burling tells us why a new jury believes he killed her, then staged an accident.

"The conviction came after more than 2 weeks of testimony, and 6 and half hours of jury deliberations. Jurors point to a piece of evidence from Patricia Wlasiuk's own diary as the tipping point.For Patricia's family, it was a verdict worth waiting for," said Action News reporter Erik Burling.

Peter Wlasiuk, seen here leaving court Thursday, is heading back to prison.

Leaving family and friends of Patricia Wlasiuk thankful, and relieved.

"It doesn't bring Patty back, but it certainly lets us put her to rest.," said sister Wendy Jennings.

"For her family it's been a nightmare. So thank god he is back where he belongs," said a family friend.

The prosecution says Peter suffocated his wife at the their Oxford home.

Then staged an accident in Guilford Lake, off Route 35.

Minutes before reaching a verdict, the jury asked to look again at one piece of evidence.

A police document stating what Patricia had written in her diary.

"That she feared for her life... It would have been going on a lot longer without that piece of paper," said James Lentini, a juror.

Defense Attorney Randy Sharf says there was a lot police didn't record into evidence.

"There isn't even proof that a murder was committed. They read into that note, which is submitted, it's just a lab submission form. The cop can write whatever he wanted on the thing," said Randy Sharf, Peter Wlasiuk's defense attorney.

"But, there was a ton of evidence, the pictures, the testimony that came before them," said Joseph McBride, the Chenango County District Attorney.

"Peter Wlasiuk will be sentenced on October 24th at 11 o'clock in the morning. He faces a sentence of 25 years to life in prison. Reporting in Norwich, from the Chenango County Courthouse. Erik Burling WBNG-TV Action News."

Peter Wlaskiuk's 2002 conviction was dismissed after an appeal.

Defense Attorney Randy Sharf is planning to appeal this new conviction as well.

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