UTICA – The man who beat his girlfriend to death in Utica earlier this year is headed to state prison.
In Oneida County Court on Monday, 32-year-old Brian Brewczynski was sentenced to 22 ½ years in state prison in connection to 49-year-old Cheri Saupp’s death.
On May 18, police responded to the couple’s apartment at 608 William Street in Utica where they found Saupp unconscious. She was then transported to St. Elizabeth Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
Police say Brewczynski beat Saupp to death, and an autopsy found that Saupp died from head injuries. Brewczynski was initially charged with first-degree manslaughter, which was then upgraded to second-degree murder.
In July, Brewczynski accepted a plea deal and pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in exchange for 22 ½ years in prison.
Saupp’s family did not speak before the judge sentenced Brewczynski, but prosecutor Joshua Bauer read a statement from Saupp’s sister, Heidi Maiolo:
"My sister Cheri Saupp was such a loving and caring person and would do anything for anyone. Cheri would always go out of her way to help a broken person because she was broken so many years herself. Brian learned that about her and preyed on it. Cheri fought so hard to be the best she could after all she had been through in her life. Brian Brewzynski took that away from her."