SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) —
One of the suspects in the Chili’s double murder last September in DeWitt has pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery.
Tracey Brown, the woman who supplied the gun to William Wood Jr., accepted a plea bargain from the Onondaga County District Attorney’s office. In exchange, she’ll cooperate 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.
In court, 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.
“When they came in the house, William was hollering saying, ‘I shot them, I shot them and Ron was like, ‘what the hell is going on? What did you get me into?’” recalled Brown.
She said Green got upset because he wasn’t getting any money from the robbery. At that point, she told Wood and Green to leave her house when she realized the crimes that were committed.
“She’s been nothing but remorseful about getting involved. I think she just thought she was grabbing money from a drug dealer,” said Stephen Lance Cimino, defense attorney.
Tracey Brown will be sentenced July 26th. She faces 20 to 25 years in prison.