Niagara Gazette


January 29, 2014

Depetris pleads guilty to seven charges

Niagara Gazette —

Timothy Depetris has pleaded guilty to seven charges stemming from the attempted murder of his brother-in-law in March of last year. 

The son of the founder of Electrodyn Choke Corp. was charged in mid-May with 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 in the early morning hours of March 26.

He was accused of shooting his brother-in-law 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. He later recovered from his wounds. 

After his arrest on charges that he shot his brother-in-law, Depetris was accused of looking for a hitman to kill his relative and the pizza deliveryman who was with him at the time of the shooting. The deliveryman has since cooperated with police and prosecutors. 

Depetris entered his plea during a hearing in Niagara County Court on Wednesday. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss a second indictment charging Depetris with trying to hire the hitman to kill brother-in-law and the witness in his case. Depetris faces a prison term of 16 to 25 years when he is sentenced in March.

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