Updated 09/10/2012 05:04 PM
Chaplin sentenced for 1994 murder
The man convicted of killing Rosemary Crosier back in 1994 was sentenced in Rensselaer County Court. Our Beth Croughan has more from Troy.
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TROY, N.Y. -- "For 18 years, I have been numb. But today, I can feel. Because you, the vicious murderer you are, will begin your miserable lonely life," said Cherie Crosier as she spoke to an un-cuffed Scott Chaplin on the day he's sentenced for the murder of her mother, Rosemary Crosier.
Back in July, a jury convicted Chaplin for Rosemary's 1994 beating death. But Chaplin interrupted Crosier in court as she read her statement.
"You do not speak a word until I tell you you can," responded Judge Andrew Ceresia.
That forced the judge to put Chaplin back in handcuffs.
Ceresia eventually sentenced Chaplin to 25 years to life in prison. But before Ceresia sent Chaplin back behind bars, Chaplin told the court the jury's decision was the wrong one.
"I'd like to apologize to the family. I'm sorry for what you're going through. But I am an innocent man, I was wrongly convicted," said Scott Chaplin during his statement in court.
After his statement, there was another interruption in the courtroom, forcing the court officers to remove family members from both sides of the case.
But Special Prosecutor Bob Becher said Chaplin was convicted on extremely compelling evidence. Chaplin's DNA was found at the crime scene.
"I think in this particular case, the Scott Chaplin trial, I think justice was served," said Becher.
Chaplin, who admitted to having an affair with Rosemary, was the second of two men to be tried for her death. George Mott was acquitted earlier this year.
So Monday, after 18 years and many hours in court, Crosier's family said they finally have some closure.
"It's been 18 years. The hard part is over. Now this is finally over and we're finally happier. Yeah, it is closure, definitely."
Chaplin's attorney, Fred Ackerman, said he planned to file a notice of appeal in the next 24 hours and believes this case will have a different outcome in appellate court.