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Driver enters plea of criminally negligent homicide in Niagara County


Tue, Jan 23rd 2024 03:10 pm

Submitted by the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office

Niagara County District Attorney Brian D. Seaman announced William C. Giambelluca, age 43, entered a plea in County Court to the crime of criminally negligent homicide in the death of 72-year-old Judith Schultz of Barker.

The vehicle that Giambelluca was driving rammed into Schultz as she waited to make a lefthand turn from the median turning lane on Transit Road in Lockport on Dec. 5, 2022. A subsequent investigation revealed that Giambelluca was speeding down the median and made no effort to slow or avoid Schultz’s vehicle.

“Ms. Schultz was simply going about her ordinary business when her life was tragically ended by this defendant’s total disregard for those around him,” Seaman said. “He will spend the next several years of his life in prison, but that is a small recompense for the loss of a life. In this case, the law simply does not afford a sentence that is commensurate with the results of this defendant’s actions.”

Giambelluca will return to court on March 26, when he will be sentenced by County Court Judge Caroline Wojtaszek to 1½ to 3 years in prison, to be served consecutively to an undischarged parole sentence for a 2018 burglary conviction.

The case was prosecuted by Vehicular Crimes Bureau Chief Christine Savoia. 

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