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Sentences Handed Down in Waterloo Homicide Case


The two men charged in connection with the September 2022 shooting death of a former Waterloo resident received their punishment on Thursday.

After pleading guilty to manslaughter in April, Wayne Ellison, Junior, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Christopher Kesterson, of Phelps, was acquitted of murder but was sentenced to the maximum of 15 years in prison for his weapons possession conviction.

Wayne J. Ellison, Jr.

Both men were charged in connection with the shooting death of William Waugh at a home on Route 96 in Waterloo.

The Finger Lakes Times reports Kesterson provided Ellison, who is from Waterloo, with the murder weapon.

Christopher T. Kesterson

The first trial in December for both defendants was declared a mistrial due to a procedural error.  It was originally set to begin last August but was postponed after Seneca County District Attorney Mark Sinkiewicz turned over additional evidence just as the trial was set to start.

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