It took a jury in Wayne County, New York just four hours Friday to find former Sunray Police Department Chief Timothy Paul Dean guilty of one count of first degree murder, two counts of second degree murder, one count of criminal conspiracy, and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the shooting deaths of Joshua Niles and Amber Washburn, according to WHAM Rochester, a news organization with which the News-Press shares information.
"I thought the proof was very strong," said Mike Calarco, Wayne County District Attorney after the reading of the verdict. The jury accepted the prosecution's argument that Dean was the trigger man who shot and killed Niles and Washburn on October 22, 2018 outside the home they shared in Sodus, New York. Niles was the ex-boyfriend of Dean's wife, Charlene Childers. Childers and Niles had two children together. When Childers lost custody of the children last August in the wake of Dean's arrest on a charge of injury to a child, Childers and Dean, with help from former Sunray police officer Bron Bohlar, began planning the murder of Niles. Washburn happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Childers and Bohlar were also charged in the case. Childers pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter and testified against her husband. Bohlar pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge and also testified against Dean. Both admitted to conspiring with Dean in the murder of Niles. Childers and Bohlar will be sentenced in June. Dean was not convicted on the testimony of Childers and Bohlar alone. A mailman testified that he recognized Dean as someone he saw in the neighborhood of the crime scene. A ski mask linked to Dean by DNA evidence was found a short distance from the crime scene.
Dean faces the possibility of life in prison without parole; he is scheduled to be sentenced July 25.