Central Florida Man Sentenced in Murder of Neighbors

posted by Alan McBride - 

A Titusville man found guilty of second-degree murder in the deaths of two neighbors was sentenced Wednesday, according to court records.

William Woodward was sentenced to life in prison, court records show.

According to the case, Woodward shot three of his neighbors on Labor day 2012.

Documents show he had been found guilty in January of this year.

Records indicate that Woodward had claimed at his trial that he was trying to protect his family because the men had been threatening them. 

Footage from a home security camera, however, showed Woodward crawling across the street, keeping to cover, then opening fire on the three men.

Incident records show that two of the neighbors, Roger Picor and Gary Hembree, died from their wounds.

Neighbor Bruce Blake survived.

According to the court's records, Woodward got the life sentence for the murders, plus more than 500 months in prison for wounding the survivor.

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