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Woman sentenced in Sodus double murder: 'I truly am sorry'

June 27, 2019 05:30 PM

LYONS, N.Y. (WHEC) — The woman who admitted to being involved in a double murder in Wayne County was sentenced Thursday.

Charlene Childers, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection to the case, read a prepared statement in court prior to being sentenced to the agreed upon 28 years in prison and 5 years post-release supervision. 

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Prosecutors say Childers' husband, former Texas police chief Timothy Dean, shot and killed Joshua Niles and his fiancee Amber Washburn in front of their home in Sodus last October.

"What I did was wrong and I regret it every single day," Childers said. "I would like to apologize for my wrongs... if I could take it all back, I would in a heartbeat. To the Niles and the Washburn families, I truly am sorry."

Niles is the father of Childers' children. She testified that she and Dean plotted to kill Niles after he was granted custody of the kids. 

Josh Niles’ mother, through tears, looked straight at Childers and said, "I don’t know where to start... you sit in our home, go to my son and Amber’s vigil, go to their funeral services... I just don’t understand how you can live with yourself. You’ve ruined a lot of lives... not just our family and Amber’s family but your own. Personally, I hope you never see another day out... think long and hard about what you’ve done and how the kids feel."

“He was your puppet, you manipulated him and he would have done whatever you said," Judge Daniel Barrett said as he sentenced Childers.

Childers mouthed the words “I love you” to her family as she was escorted out the door. 

In May, Dean was found guilty of all charges, including first- and second-degree murder. He faces up to life in prison without parole. His sentencing is set for July 25.

A third defendant has already been sentenced in the case. Bron Bohlar, also a former Texas police officer, pleaded guilty to knowing about the plan to kill Niles. He is serving one to three years in prison.

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