June 15, 2016
Cortland man to serve 25 years to life for fatal stabbing
A city man found guilty of second-degree murder received the maximum sentence Tuesday in Cortland County Court.
Randy Wilkinson, 44, of10 Northcliffe Road, was found guilty May 4 of stabbing Terry Walker, 36, of Syracuse, to death on Dec. 20, 2014, at Wilkinson’s mother’s apartment after the two men got into an argument. The guilty verdict came after 11 days of jury trial, including about a day and a half of jury deliberations, in County Court.
Before the sentence was handed down by Judge William Ames, Keturah Hicks, Walker’s girlfriend and mother of their three children, spoke to the court and to Wilkinson.
“He (Wilkinson) could have gotten Terry help, he could have called the cops. Now I have to answer my 4-year-old every other day when she asks when Daddy is coming home,” Hicks said. “December will forever be a month associated with something terrible.”
Wilkinson also spoke before the sentence was handed down. “I do have remorse; I knew Terry for 20 years,” Wilkinson said. “I’m so sorry for you guys (Walker’s family) and for his children.”
Ames sentenced Wilkinson in court at 2 p.m. Tuesday to the maximum sentence of25 years to life in prison for the charges of second-degree murder and two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, one for hitting Walker with a cutting board and the other for using a knife.
During Ames’ reading of the sentence, Wilkinson’s sister, Loretta Rockhill, screamed in front of the court and began to cry as her mother, Donna Slade, tried to console her.
After leaving the courtroom, Wilkinson’s family spoke. “He doesn’t deserve this, he’s not a murderer,” Rockhill said. “There is just so much more they (the court) don’t know.”
“We’re desperate for the truth to come out,” Slade said. “There was two sets of DNA on the knife, and did the court care? No.”
Before Ames adjourned, Wilkinson was given paperwork for himself and his attorney, Public Defender Keith Dayton, to sign and submit if they wished to appeal at a later date.
“The facts worked for me,” said District Attorney Mark Suben. “They (the facts) proved without a doubt that Randy killed Terry. I think justice was served.”
Dayton was unavailable for a comment this morning.
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