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Larry Utter Sentenced to 24 Years to Life in Prison

The Forestport man who killed his wife back in June was sentenced in Oneida County Court Monday. Larry Utter was sentenced to prison for 24 years to life for second-degree murder.
The Forestport man who killed his wife back in June was sentenced in Oneida County Court Monday. Larry Utter was sentenced to prison for 24 years to life for second-degree murder.
Utter shot and killed his wife Stacey back in June in their Forestport home. He shot her twice. Throughout the court process and even Monday, Utter says he only shot his wife the second time to put her out of her misery. He also claims it was an accident.
Judge Michael Dwyer sentenced the former New Jersey man Monday morning. According to our colleagues at the Observer Dispatch, Utter said "I loved my wife, and I still do," insisting he shot her by accident.
On top of sentencing Utter to 24 years to life, Judge Dwyer also promised to recommend to the State Parole Board that he never be released. Judge Dwyer also responded to Utter's claims of killing his wife by accident by calling him a coward and questioning how anyone is expected to believe that.
Prosecutors say Utter and his wife had a history of marital problems. Immediately following Stacey’s death in June, Eyewitness News spoke with some neighbors in Forestport who even back then were suspicious of Utter.
"I’m not going to say that it's true or nothing but I’ve heard he was having problems with his wife and I guess they were both fighting or something,” said Gary Emmerick, a Forestport resident. “I’ve lived here my whole life and I’ve never seen anything like this, you know murder in your backyard or around the corner."
"I would never expect to see anything like this happen especially, I mean, only a minute from my house,” says Forestport resident Thomas Freeman.
Prior to Monday's sentencing, Utter rejected two plea offers. Utter was represented in Oneida County Court by public defender David Cooke.

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