Woman involved in plotting double killing apologizes

June 27, 2019 GMT

LYONS, N.Y. (AP) — The wife of a former police chief apologized for her role in the fatal shooting of a couple on their upstate New York driveway at her sentencing Thursday.

Charlene Childers was sentenced to 28 years in prison under a deal in which she had pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Her husband, former Sunray, Texas police chief Timothy Dean, was convicted in May of murder for gunning down Joshua Niles and Amber Washburn amid a child custody dispute. Childers had previously confessed she was the driving force behind the plot to kill Niles, her ex-boyfriend and father of two of her children.


Prosecutors say Dean and Childers drove to the town of Sodus in October and killed Niles and Washburn. Friends and relatives say Niles had recently won custody of the two children.

“I would like to apologize for my wrongs,” Childers told the court, according to the Democrat & Chronicle of Rochester. “I realize that saying sorry doesn’t bring them back. Because of my selfishness, I ruined my children’s lives.”

Joshua Niles’ sister, Nicole Gunkel, called Childers was a “monster” at the sentencing.

“I hope that your time in prison is horrible,” Gunkel said. “I wish New York state had the death penalty because you and your husband deserve it.”