Niagara Gazette

Local News

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.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
House Ads
AP Video
Renewed Violence Taking Toll on Gaza Residents 2 Americans Detained in North Korea Seek Help US Employers Add 209K Jobs, Rate 6.2 Pct House GOP Optimistic About New Border Bill Gaza Truce Unravels; Israel, Hamas Trade Blame Raw: Tunisia Closes Borders With Libya Four Rescued From Crashed Plane Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page
Poll

Do you think cigarette sales to non-Native American customers should be taxed on reservations?

Yes. Items should be taxed like they are everywhere else.
No, the indian reservations are sovereign land and they are selling them on their land.
Not up to me. Native Americans decide the rules on their land.
Don't care. Smoking isn't good for you.
     View Results