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Man Gets 40 Years to Life in Prison for Stabbings

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It was an emotional day in Ontario County Court for the friends and family of Helen Buchel and Brittany Passalacqua.

John Brown, 36, of Wayne County, who admitted to smoking crack then stabbing the mother and daughter to death in their Geneva apartment in November, was sentenced Wednesday afternoon.

A "coward, monster, self-centered rage-filled person, who's an abomination of pure evil" were just a few words Helen Buchel's parents, Brittany Passalacqua's grandparents, her dad and aunt had for their murderer before he was sentenced.

John Brown will spend the next 40 years to life in state prison, 20 years each, for the murders of his girlfriend Helen Buchel and her 12 year-old daughter Brittany Passalacqua.

Brown also waived his right to appeal. The sentence was part of a plea deal.

Brown pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder in June, just days before his trial was set to begin.

Brown admitted to fatally stabbing Buchel and Passalacqua in mid-November at Buchel’s Geneva apartment on North Main Street.

The district attorney said the mother and child were almost completely decapitated. Buchel’s teenage son discovered their bodies.

Brown was arrested several hours later in Phelps after his ex-wife told police where to find him.

The district attorney said Brown told police he had been smoking crack before the murders.

Brown is a repeat offender. He was convicted of second-degree assault for shaking and injuring to his 7-week-old daughter in 2003.

He was also arrested on a parole violation in 2008 for illegal drug use. He was on parole when he murdered Buchel and Passalacqua.

Buchel’s mother, Dale Driscoll, is working with Senator Michael Nozzolio on legislation that would toughen the state’s parole system. She said if the legislation passes Nozzolio promised to call it “Brittany’s Law.”

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