NORWICH – More than ten years after he was first charged with murdering his wife, Patricia, Peter Wlasiuk was sentenced a third time to 25 years to life in state prison in county court Friday.
The sentence is the maximum allowed by law, although Wlasiuk will receive credit for the ten years he’s served to date. Wlasiuk’s attorney, Mark Loughran, had no comment following his client’s third conviction, and would only say Wlasiuk will once again appeal the court’s ruling. Wlasiuk has 30 days to file his appeal.
The family of Patricia Wlasiuk released no official statement, saying only that Patricia’s children had suffered enough. Said one family member, “The kids have already been hurt ... this is an awful thing for kids that age to have been through.”
Peter Wlasiuk spoke at length during Friday’s proceeding – nearly an hour – several times fighting back tears as he continued to maintain his innocence. According to Wlasiuk, he and he wife were travelling east along County Road 35 in the Town of Guilford on or about April 3, 2002, when Patricia swerved to miss a deer in the roadway, sending the couple’s 1998 GMC pick-up truck into Guilford Lake, where she drowned. Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride, however, said Wlasiuk’s story holds no weight, and it’s believed Wlasiuk smothered his wife at the couple’s New Virginia Road home in Oxford before loading her body into the bed of the truck and sending it into the lake. Patricia’s body was later recovered by emergency personnel and all efforts to resuscitate her met with failure.