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Patterson verdict paves the way for review of standoff night events

By JOLEEN FERRIS

ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WKTV) - Now that the killer of an Oneida County Sheriff's Deputy is convicted of murder, the department's own internal review of the events of June 6 into the early morning hours of June 7, 2011 can begin in full earnest.

That's the night Deputy Kurt Wyman was shot and killed during a six-hour standoff outside the Town of Augusta home of Christian Patterson.

On Thursday, an Oneida County jury convicted Patterson of five crimes, including the aggravated murder of Wyman.

"A very important portion of the comprehensive review was the testimony of everyone in this trial," said Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol. "So, obviously that's a key component to that."

The department will rely largely on outsiders, experienced in similar standoff situations

"There's someone from DCJS, (Department of Criminal Justice Services). There's another member who's on the accreditation board. He was a chief of police out of the area," says Undersheriff Robert Swenszkowski.

Once formed, the independent committee will review relevant testimony from Christian Patterson's murder trial and examine Sheriff's Department policies and procedures and the actions of those present at the fatal standoff. Then, they may recommend changes to those policies and procedures. However, the Undersheriff warns that even the best-laid plans don't come with guarantees.

"Until we can read people's minds, we have to just go on best plans, best practice, best tactics," says Undersheriff Swenszkowski.

The plan is for the committee's findings and recommendations to be complete and available online for all to see, by Fall.

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