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Brower sentenced for hindering prosecution in O’Connor murder investigation

NORWICH, N.Y. (WBNG) — A Chenango County man has been sentenced to 1.5 to 4.5 years in prison for hindering prosecution in the investigation into the the July 2017 killing of Jacelyn O’Connor, according to the Chenango County Court.

James Brower pleaded guilty to the charge in April.

Brower and Brower’s boyfriend, Tobias Rundstrom-Wooding, were both charged following the death of the 11-year-old girl. Authorities determined that O’Connor had been raped before her death.

Rundstrom-Wooding pleaded guilty to the crimes last June and was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.

Investigators determined there was no evidence to suggest that Brower took part in the rape or killing of O’Connor. The district attorney did say however that there was evidence that he tried to conceal and destroy evidence, as well as name false suspects to authorities.

Brower learned his sentence on Monday.


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