DeWitt Chili's killer sentenced to life on state charges

At an emotional sentencing Monday morning, the family of the victims, the survivors, and Wood himself addressed the court.

Posted: Apr. 15, 2019 12:59 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The man who brutally murdered two of his former co-workers at the Chili's in DeWitt has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

William Wood, Jr. 33, admitted to killing Kristopher Hicks and Stephen Gudknecht on September 15 at the Chili's on Erie Boulevard in DeWitt. He also admitted to attempting to kill another employee, who survived.

At an emotional sentencing Monday morning, the family of the victims, the survivors, and Wood himself addressed the court.

Wood faces the death penalty as part of federal charges he faces for the crime. Prosecutors announced last week that they will seek it.

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