Tracey Brown sentenced to 21 years in prison for her role in Chili’s double murder

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Tracey Brown was sentenced Friday morning in Onondaga County Court to 21 years in prison for her role in the Chili’s Restaurant double murder in DeWitt last September.

Earlier this year, Brown pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery. Brown supplied the gun to William Wood Jr. and accepted a plea bargain from the Onondaga County District Attorney’s office. In exchange, she cooperated in the federal prosecution of Wood.

Wood had been staying with Brown for several weeks before the Chili’s murders. She said during that time, he mentioned three times that he wanted to rob someone, but didn’t give specifics.

Brown said she got a gun from her nephew, Jerome Pinkard, for what she thought would be the robbery of a dealer. Brown says she told her nephew she needed the gun for the robbery.

She said the only money she expected to get from the robbery was money Wood owed her.

According to her timeline, she called another man, Ronald Green, who ended up driving Wood to the crime scene. Hours after the gruesome robbery and homicide, Green and Wood came back to her house and Wood confessed to the shooting. She said she didn’t realize Wood was going to commit two murders.

Wood could face the death penalty in federal court for the shooting deaths of Kristopher Hicks and Stephen Gudknecht.

Brown will also serve five years of post-release supervision. 

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