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Ortiz sentencing: Family shares rage, grief to father of 5's killer in Utica

Omar Ortiz shot and killed Deon Williams on Bleecker Street last summer.

Posted: May 17, 2019 12:15 PM
Updated: May 17, 2019 5:27 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- A family torn apart by a son, a brother, a father's murder – made sure to be in court Friday to let the killer know the pain he caused, at his sentencing in Oneida County Court.

Murder victim Deon Williams' mother, father and sisters all addressed his killer, Omar Ortiz, at Ortiz's sentencing Friday morning.

They talked about losing their son, losing their brother, and Williams' five children under age 9 losing their father.

Omar Ortiz shot and killed Deon Williams on Bleecker Street last summer.

A jury convicted Ortiz in March.

Friday in court, the judge called it an execution, with Ortiz continuing to shoot when an unarmed Williams lay on the ground.

Deon Williams, Sr. could barely contain his rage and grief when he addressed his son's killer.

"I wish I could have five minutes to show you the rage I feel," said Williams, Sr.  "These cops ain't in here cuz you some gangster. They know what I want to do to you." At least seven armed police and corrections officers were in the courtroom for the sentencing. 

Ortiz addressed the Williams family through a translator. He said he's sorry for what happened and did not set out that night to cause anyone harm.

The judge sentenced him to the max – 25 years to life in prison. Four, 15-year sentences, for weapon possession will run concurrently, meaning at the same time as the 25 to life. But a 9-year sentence for drug possession will run consecutively, making it 34 years to life.

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