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NORWICH – “He's not a man, he's not an animal, he's an evil thing among us.” These were the strong words from a murder victim's father when portraying the 57-year-old convicted killer of his son.
John M. Guzy, the man convicted of the 'road rage' killing of Derek D. Prindle, as well as the attempted murder of Derek S. Prindle, was sentenced to serve 40 years to life on the top two charges he was facing; Murder in the second degree, a class A-1 felony; and attempted murder in the second degree, a class B felony; in the Chenango County Courthouse yesterday, June 27.
The sentencing culminates an almost two-year long ordeal for the victim's family that began on Oct. 27, 2014, at approximately 1:25 p.m., in the parking lot of a local business in the Town of Bainbridge. There, authorities say that Guzy, a former New York City Police Officer and part-time corrections officer, killed Derek D. Prindle by shooting him in the chest with a .25 caliber Beretta Jetfire semi-automatic handgun, causing a lacerated aorta, after a road rage incident. Guzy also caused serious physical injury to Derek D. Prindle, the victims father, by shooting him in his abdomen with the same gun. Guzy was allegedly under the influence of alcohol during the incident, as he was recorded as having a .11 blood alcohol content level after investigation into the incident.