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Norwich man gets prison time for role he played in 11-year-old's death

James Brower pleaded guilty to a felony count of first-degree hindering prosecution in connection with the death of Jacelyn O’Connor.

Posted: Jun 17, 2019 5:10 PM
Updated: Jun 18, 2019 12:53 AM

NORWICH, N.Y. -- James Brower pleaded guilty to a felony count of first-degree hindering prosecution in connection with the death of Jacelyn O’Connor.

Monday, James Brower was sentenced to 1 1/2 to 4 1/2 years in prison after he took a guilty plea of hindering prosecution

Things did get heated in the court room as the defense says the prosecution didn't have evidence that James Brower murdered Jacelyn O’Connor.

"There was a New York citizen that was charged with rape and murder. Indictments were filed, evidence was presented to the grand jury that led them to believe that that there was evidence that James Brower  raped and killed that little girl," said Clifton Carden, Jame's Brower's attorney.

Brower did address the court room Monday, saying he is sorry to Jacelyn's mother Rebecca for letting her down. He said he didn't know that his partner, Tobias Rundstrom Wooding, would be a danger to 11-year-old Jacelyn O’Connor.

O’Connor was killed two years ago at a mobile home in the town of Norwich.

Wooding admitted to raping and suffocating O’Connor.

She died of asphyxiation.

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