An accused killer has entered guilty pleas in Erie County Court and will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Cody Potthoff went before Erie County Judge John Mead to enter the guilty pleas Monday morning.
The guilty pleas were to charges of second and third degree murder in connection to a crime spree in June 2020.
Potthoff has been sentenced to life in prison, with another sentence of 15-30 years on top of that. He is charged in the killings of Ian Weldon, 41, and John Burick, 66.
Pothoff went before Erie County Judge John Mead to enter the plea on the morning of November 29th.
Erie County assistant district attorney said that by pleading guilty Potthoff gives up his rights to ever be in the community again.
Potthoff pled guilty to two counts of murder. Murder in the second degree which is a mandatory life sentence, and murder in the third degree which is 15 to 30 years consecutively served after the life sentence.
He was charged in the killings of 41-year-old Ian Weldon, and 66-year-old John Burick back in June of 2020.
Erie County Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Lightner said that its good to know he will never be let out of prison.
“We know that the rest of his life will never have to worry about him shooting people and robbing people and killing people and moving their corpses around. The things that he did. He will never be able to do that because he will never have access to the community at large,” said Jeremy Lightner, Erie County Assistant District Attorney.
There were a number of other victims during that crime spree.
“People that were threatened at gunpoint, people that he shot, who he stole their vehicles, sometimes by force. It was a crime spree like we haven’t seen in Erie County in a long time,” said Jeremy Lightner, Erie County Assistant District Attorney.
Lightner said there is no plan for an appeal. Potthoff can challenge, but by pleading guilty there is nothing to challenge.
Jury selection in Potthoff’s trial was set to begin Wednesday.
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