Niagara Gazette — A Niagara Falls businessman who earlier this year pleaded guilty to killing his brother-in-law was not sentenced as expected Wednesday and instead has asked the judge to allow him to withdraw his plea and get a new attorney.
Timothy DePetris, the 44-year-old former president of Electro-Dyne Choke Co. in the Falls, pleaded guilty Jan. 29 to to seven charges connected to the shooting of his brother-in-law in what investigators said was a "business dispute."
In return for the guilty plea, prosecutors moved to dismiss all the charges in a second indictment that accused DePetris of trying to hire a hitman to kill his brother-in law, and a witness to his first crime, while he was being held in the Niagara County Jail.
During court proceedings on Wednesday, Niagara County Court Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas gave DePetris two weeks to get a new attorney and file a motion seeking to have his plea withdrawn.
The Niagara Gazette will have full details about the latest developments in the case in its Thursday edition.