NORWICH, N.Y. – A jury says a 39-year-old upstate New York man is guilty of killing his wife in 2002 and staging it to look like she crashed into a lake and drowned.
It was the second time Peter Wlasiuk was convicted in the death of his 35-year-old wife, Patricia.
In 2002, a jury convicted Wlasiuk of second-degree murder, but the verdict was overturned in 2006 by a state appeals court that said the cumulative effect of errors had denied Wlasiuk a fair trial.
Prosecutors contend Wlasiuk killed his 35-year-old wife on their property in Oxford in April 2002, put her in the bed of his pickup truck and pushed the truck into Guilford Lake.
Wlasiuk faces up to 25 years to life in state prison. He has already served four years.