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Sodus double murder: The conspirator

Nikki Rudd
Updated: November 16, 2019 04:01 PM
Created: November 15, 2019 07:00 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — One of the people convicted in the Sodus double murder was eligible to get out of prison on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. News10NBC found out Bron Bohlar was denied by the New York State Parole Board. 

Over the past several weeks, News10NBC has been taking you inside the evidence of this case. From the mastermind to the convicted killer and now to the conspirator. 

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Bohlar, a former police officer, was convicted of Conspiracy. Even though he swore to protect and serve, he knew about a murder plot and helped make it happen. 
            
"I think Bron wanted to be accepted," Wayne County District Attorney Michael Calarco said. 

"Bron was integral in helping us develop the case," Wayne County Assistant District Attorney Christine Callanan said. 

News10NBC obtained video of the law enforcement interviews with Bohlar. 

Investigator: So you rented a car for Tim?

Bohlar: Yes sir.

Investigator: Looking back now do you think you made a mistake? 

Bohlar: Oh, I made a huge mistake. 

Investigator: What'd Tim do? What'd he do? 

Bohlar: Went up there and shot them people. 

Bohlar knew Tim Dean through working in law enforcement. Dean was a chief of police in Texas. Bohlar later worked for the same police department. 

"This plan was hatched when he was on duty and in uniform working for Sunray Police Department," Wayne County Sheriff's Lt. Robert Milby said. 

Dean and his wife, Charlene Childers, asked Bohlar to rent a car. 

Bohlar: I was just trying to be a good friend to Dean. You know, I would do anything for anybody.

However, all along, Bohlar says he knew Dean wanted the rental car to drive to Sodus, New York to kill the father of Childers' two children, Josh Niles. 

Investigator: Why did he hate Josh? 

Bohlar: I guess ‘cause whatever Charlene told him. He's a dope dealer... doesn't need to have the kids. They don't need to be in that kind of environment. 

Childers had lost custody of two of her children to Niles and was willing to say and do anything to get them back. Childers convinced Dean to kill Niles. 

Bohlar: I never dreamed he would to it. Honestly. 

Niles and his fiancée, Amber Washburn, were both shot and killed.

"Unfortunately for Tim, he got in an accident on the way to New York in Kansas," Milby said. 

Bohlar was brought in for questioning and investigators say he failed a polygraph. That's when he flipped on Dean and Childers. 

Bohlar: I just...I never thought he would do it.

Investigator: If you had a chance to talk to him now what would you tell him? 

Bohlar: What the [expletive] dude? 

Bohlar took a plea deal. He testified against Dean and Childers. In return he got a one to three year sentence. Barb Niles, Josh's mom spoke directly to Bohlar at sentencing. 

"You didn't stop them," Barb Niles said in court. "You had plenty of time to stop them. You were a police officer. You're supposed to protect and serve. You let them kill my son."

Josh's sister also spoke at sentencing. 

"Now you have to live knowing two wonderful people are dead, and three wonderful kids are without parents," Nicole Gunkel said. 

Josh Niles and Charlene Childers' children now live with Josh's sister. Josh and Amber Washburn's now five-year-year old son Josh Junior, who witnessed his mother's murder, is being raised by Washburn's parents. 

"I hope every day for the rest of your life, the rest of your sentence, you wake up and feel the pain, anguish, and grief that the Washburn and Niles families feel," Wayne County Court Judge Daniel Barrett told Bohlar at sentencing. 

News10NBC wrote Bohlar to see if we could interview him in prison. We got a letter back from Elmira Correctional Facility. He declined an interview at this time. 

Bohlar will be up for parole again in one year. 

Dean is in prison for life without the possibility of parole. 

Childers got 28 years. Her first parole hearing will be in the year 2042. 

By the way, the gun used in this double murder has never been recovered

Click here to watch our story on Tim Dean. 

Click here to watch our story on Charlene Childers.


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