Sodus double murder verdict brings closure: 'All three people will pay for what they did'

May 24, 2019 11:17 PM

SODUS, N.Y. (WHEC) -- In October of 2018, Josh Niles and Amber Washburn were gunned down in the driveway of their Carlton Street home in Sodus.

More than six months later, three people have been convicted in connection to their murders.


Charlene Childers, the mother of two of Niles' children, accepted a guilty plea for first-degree manslaughter and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in connection to the case.

Bron Bohlar, a former police officer in Texas, pleaded guilty to conspiracy for knowing about the plan Dean and Childers allegedly had to kill Niles. On the witness stand, Bohlar said he rented a car for them to drive to New York to do it. He testified that Dean had been planning to kill his wife's ex since August. 

On Friday, Timothy Dean was found guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, and second-degree conspiracy in connection with the death of Joshua Niles. In connection with Amber Washburn's death, he was found guilty of second-degree murder. He was also found guilty on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

Jessica Caplinger grew up with Josh Niles and says Niles was like a brother to her. She has been in the courtroom for all three cases.

"For the direct family, this is closure for them to know that all three people will pay for what they did," Caplinger said.

Prosecutors say Dean and Childers planned to kill Niles over a custody battle and Bohlar helped. Caplinger says she's relieved the trio is behind bars.

"My whole inside my soul is smiling right now," Caplinger said. "It's one of the best...most worst feelings in the world." 

Niles and Washburn shared a child together and Niles and Childers also have two children together. Now, the kids are living with a family member.

"Their kids are doing okay," Caplinger said. "As good as to be expected."

Although three guilty verdicts won't bring Niles and Washburn back, Wayne County prosecutors are breathing a sigh of relief for loved ones.

"The family has been here every step of the way. They've participated in every hearing, every court appearance," Wayne County Assistant District Attorney Christine Callanan said. "They have been a valuable support system for my office and always believing in this case and I am relieved for them today."

Childers and Bohlar are scheduled to be sentenced next month.

Dean is set to be sentenced in July where he faces a maximum of life in prison without parole.


Kaci Jones

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