Convicted double murderer William Woodward sentenced to life in prison

Woodward sentenced for 2012 killings

VIERA, Fla. – A Titusville man convicted on two counts of second-degree murder and one count of attempted murder was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison.

William Woodward, 50, was found guilty in January of killing Gary Hembree and Roger Picior in a neighborhood dispute on Labor Day 2012. Bruce "Tim" Blake was injured in the attack. 

Woodward was originally charged with two counts of first-degree murder, which meant he would have been eligible for the death penalty. The jury, however, chose to convict him of second-degree murder. 

Woodward was sentenced to life in prison for both second-degree murder counts and 25 years in prison for the attempted murder charge, to be served concurrently.

His sentencing hearing began at 1 p.m. with lawyers for both sides making statements before the judge delivered the sentence at about 6:30 p.m.

Attorneys for Woodward said they will file an appeal of the sentence.



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