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Texas police officer pleads guilty to conspiracy in Sodus murders

LYONS, N.Y. (WHAM) – The Texas police officer accused of helping two other people carry out a double murder in Sodus last October pleaded guilty to conspiracy Thursday in Wayne County Court.

Bron Bohlar is one of three people arrested in connection to the murders of a Joshua Niles and Amber Washburn.

Bohlar was extradited from Moore County, Texas to answer to a conspiracy charge in the investigation into the October 22 killing of Joshua Niles and Amber Washburn.

Timothy Dean and his wife, Charlene Childers, are charged with murder in the case. Childers was in a custody battle with Niles, her ex-boyfriend, over their two children.

Bohlar is accused of renting a car for Dean and discussing plans for the murders while inside Dean and Childers’ garage. Niles and Washburn were shot dead outside their Carlton Street home. Dean served as the police chief for the Sunray Police Department where Bohlar is an officer. Dean was fired earlier this year.

James Riotto, Bohlar’s attorney, said his client’s decision to rent a car for Dean was a “severe lapse in judgment.”

“At the time, renting a car was seemingly a considerate act for a friend who was down on his luck,” the statement reads. “Unfortunately the signs he overlooked were because of a misplaced sense of friendship and it resulted in tragedy for which he is truly sorry.”

Bohlar could face as little as one-to-three years in prison, to as much as eight-to-25 years.

He will be sentenced on June 13.

13WHAM News will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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