Wlasiuk Found Guilty

By Kelly McCarthy

July 3, 2012 Updated Nov 4, 2013 at 3:11 AM EDT

Norwich, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Peter Wlasiuk is found guilty of second degree murder. A Chenango County jury returned the verdict just before 1:00 p.m on Tuesday.

The jury of eight men and four women believe Wlasiuk killed his wife, Patricia, in 2002.

This was Wlasiuk's third trial. Two other murder conviction were thrown out on appeal.

In this trial, the jury deliberated for about 13 hours over three days.

The prosecution said Wlasiuk smothered his wife, Patricia, and then dumped her body in Guilford lake, making it appear as if she had drowned in a truck accident.

After the words "guilty" were spoken by all 12 members of the jury, District Attorney Joe McBride went to congratulate the family.

"A jury that did some fine work in making a determination in this case. It's been a long long road that the family's been through, the sheriff's department's been through, that the community has been through," said McBride.

Patricia's mother, Joyce, has endured three murder trials and three guilty verdicts.

"I want to thank Joyce for being so strong over the last 10 years, and seeing this through and the whole family," said McBride.

"And I thank Joe for everything he's done," said Joyce Cardozo.

The first two convictions were overturned on appeal by a higher court.

"This is the third conviction so he's been convicted by 36 members of his peers, not 12," said Chenango County Sheriff Ernest Cutting.

Peter Wlasiuk's face was emotionless as he heard for the third time in a decade that he killed his wife.

Defense attorney Mark Loughran left the courtroom out of the side door with no comment.

McBride said there should be no grounds for any more appeals.

"Everyone was very conscientious on both sides to try and make sure there was a good record during this trial, including the judge," said McBride.

Wlasiuk faces 25 years to life in prison. A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled.