The man convicted of killing Oneida County Sheriff's Deputy Kurt Wyman will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.
That was the sentence handed down to Christian Patterson in Oneida County Court Wednesday morning.
The courtroom was packed with law enforcement officers for Patterson's sentencing. Sheriff Maciol told Patterson, "There's no place in this world for cop killers." Patterson later apologized to the Wyman family, saying "I'm very sorry. I wish this had never happened." Patterson says he blames the Oneida County Sheriff's Department for Wyman's death. The judge responded saying, "How dare you blame anybody else?"
In February, a jury found Patterson guilty on all charges including aggravated murder, two counts of attempted aggravated murder, criminal possession of a weapon, and harassment.
Police were called to Patterson's house on Knoxboro Road in Knoxboro last June when he allegedly threatened to kill his live-in girlfriend. She was able to escape, but a standoff continued for several hours. Officers eventually hit Patterson with non-lethal bullets. That's when Deputy Wyman moved in to try to take Patterson into custody. Investigators say Patterson was able to regain control of his gun and shoot Wyman in the neck. Officers shot back, seriously injuring Patterson.
Wyman was just 24 years old at the time. Wyman's widow, Lauren, gave birth to a baby girl shortly after his death. Wyman is also survived by his young son. In court, his widow spoke about her husband saying, "We had dreams. You stole them. We had plans. You crushed them." Wyman's mother said, "I can't hear him say 'Mama I love you' or feel his warm embrace." Wyman's father told Patterson, "My son was a hero long before that night you took his life."
He was honored as the New York State Sheriff's Association's "Deputy of the Year" for 2011 . The award honors Deputy Wyman for the ultimate sacrifice he made protecting the citizens of Oneida County.