NORWICH – William H. Danielson, 49, of Oxford who was previously convicted of the 2013 murder of his ex, Lucinda Knoll, was back in Chenango County Court to conclude the matter and be sentenced.
Danielson has been incarcerated since the attack occurred in 2013.
On Oct. 1, 2015, the jury trial for Danielson was set to begin. Judge Frank B. Revoir Jr. presided over the matter, while District Attorney Joseph A. McBride was present on behalf of the people.
“I forgive you for what you have done, not for your soul but for mine,” said Sheila Strobel, mother of the victim, in court last Friday.
Danielson was originally indicted by the Chenango County grand jury in January of 2014 on the following charges: two counts of murder in the second degree, a class A-1 felony; robbery in the first degree, a class B felony; and assault in the second degree, a class D felony.
Prior to opening statements that morning, Oct. 1, Danielson alerted his attorney and the court that he wished to accept the plea offer rather than proceed to trial.
Danielson chose to enter a plea of guilty to murder in the second degree, a class A-1 felony, which was the second count of the grand jury indictment.
Revoir read the second count of the grand jury indictment before the court that morning Oct. 1, “Murder in the second degree, a class A-1 felony. That on Dec. 27th, 2013 at approximately 6:30 a.m., in the Town of Norwich did commit the crime of robbery and during the robbery did cause the death of Lucinda Knoll by striking her in the head numerous times.”
This did take place in front of a 7-year-old child as Knoll was preparing to take the child to school that morning.
“The most disturbing thing is that you attacked his mother in front of him [the child]. He ended up getting out of the car to check his mother, ended up running to the neighbor’s house saying 'help me, help me I think he killed my mom,' where was the love for your son there? To have witnessed that is enough to send someone to counseling to the rest of their life,” said Revoir when speaking to Danielson.
Danielson was to receive a sentence of 20 years minimum with a maximum of life, in agreement that all other charges stemming from the grand jury indictment would be dropped.
Danielson returned to Chenango County Court for purposes of sentencing this past Friday, Dec. 18, with his attorney Thomas Jackson.
“The victim’s mother is here today and she has prepared a statement,” said McBride.