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June 10, 2013

Suspect in rival shooting case tried to hire hit man

LOCKPORT — A Falls man, already accused of trying to gun down his brother-in-law, now faces new charges that he attempted to hire a hitman to kill both his brother-in-law and a witness to the crime.

Timothy Depetris, pleaded not guilty, during an arraignment in Niagara County Court Monday afternoon, to four counts of first-degree attempted murder, two counts of second-degree attempted murder, two counts of conspiracy and two counts of criminal solicitation. The charges were contained in a grand jury indictment, unsealed just before the arraignment.

Depetris has been jailed, without bail, since his arraignment, on May 15 on charges of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree criminal use of a firearm, three counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, six counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree criminal trespass in connection with the shooting of his brother-in-law and former business partner in the early morning hours of March 26. 

Prosecutors claim Depetris has spent his time behind bars plotting to kill his brother-in-law and a man who was with him during the March 26 shooting.

"He has continued to commit crimes while he was in jail," First Assistant District Attorney Doreen Hoffmann told County Court Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas. "He tried to hire a hit man to take out a witness in his first case."

Depetris, the son of the founder of Electrodyn Choke Corp., is accused of shooting his brother-in-law and former business partner in the doorway of the victim’s new business in the 2300 block of Hyde Park Boulevard. The 56-year-old victim, who had gone to the door for a pizza delivery, was shot in the upper chest, near his shoulder.

At the time, investigators said the shooting was clearly “an attempted murder.”

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