Rochester man gets 25 years to life for girlfriend’s murder

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A Rochester man may spend the rest of his life behind bars after being found guilty in the murder of his girlfriend.

Terry Williams was sentenced by a judge on Thursday to 25 years to life in prison for the death of Cheryl Robinson.

Last July, prosecutors say Williams bound Robinson’s hands and feet, shoved a towel in her mouth, and wrapped a gag around her month inside her Central Avenue apartment. Police say Williams left her in that position for weeks, until she finally asphyxiated.

“Terry Williams intentionally and heinously took the life of someone he claimed to love,” said Assistant District Attorney Michael Bezer in a statement. “We hope this sentence will bring a sense of justice and closure to Cheryl Robinson’s suffering family. Thanks to the diligent investigation conducted by the Rochester Police Department, Terry Williams may be spending the rest of his life behind bars.” 

Williams was also sentenced on a charge of criminal possession of stolen property, bringing his total sentence to 26 and one-third years to life in prison.

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