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Woman pleads guilty to manslaughter, criminal possession of weapon in Sodus murder

April 16, 2019 05:33 PM

LYONS, N.Y. (WHEC) — A woman charged in connection to the murder of a Sodus man accepted a plea deal in Wayne County Court.

As part Charlene Childers' plea, the second-degree murder charge was reduced to first-degree manslaughter in the death of her ex, 28-year-old Josh Niles. She also pleaded guilty to criminal possession.

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Investigators say Childers along with her husband, former Sunray, Texas police chief Timothy Dean, worked together to kill Niles last October. A third suspect, Bron Bohlar, pleaded guilty to conspiracy in February, admitting to renting a car for Dean.

Prosecutors say Dean used that car to drive from Texas to Sodus where he shot and killed Niles and Niles' fiancee, 24-year-old Amber Washburn. Childers is only charged in connection to the murder of Niles; prosecutors do not believe she was involved in Washburn's death. 

"The theory for that had always been that the plan was specifically directed towards Josh so that was what Ms. Childers took responsibility for today," Assistant District Attorney Christine Callanan said.

"Humbly, I will say that there are few that who express remorse more than her and that also played a factor in the admission here today," Rome Canzano, Childers' defense attorney said.

Childers faces a maximum of 40 years in prison. Sentencing is set for June 27 at 9:30 a.m.

Jury selection for Dean's trial is scheduled to start on May 15. He's charged with first- and second-degree murder.

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