Daniel Brown sentenced 20 years to life

NORWICH – The man guilty of committing the first murder in the City of Norwich for almost two decades made his final appearance at the Chenango County Courthouse Friday, getting 20 years to life for his crime.

Acting Judge Martin E. Smith recommended that Daniel L. Brown Sr., 46, of Norwich, never be released from prison.

“In my view, Mr. Brown, you should spend the rest of your life in prison because we, as a society, can never chance again that you might lose your temper. And I fervently hope that every day of the rest of your life, you remember Tammy Periard and what you did to her and what you did to her family,” said Smith.

“There are, no doubt, many people who feel the justice you are about to receive is not justice, that you should forfeit your life for taking the life of Tammy Periard. Or failing that, that you should be sentenced to life imprisonment with no hope of ever being paroled,” said the judge.

The judge sentenced Brown to the agreed-upon plea bargain, but recommended to the parole board that will convene 20 years from Monday that when Brown becomes eligible, he never be released.

Two members of the victim’s family appeared before the court to address Brown Friday – Pamela Periard and Susan Kohout, both sisters of the deceased.

“We have been left with a vacant hole in our hearts that can never be filled. It’s an ache so deep that it cannot be explained. We can no longer share long walks, laughter, tears or our secrets with Tammy. We worry more about each other and fear more for our children’s safety. We are no longer friendly people, nor do we speak to strangers on the streets as we once did, for the trust that has been broken,” said Pamela.

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