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Winthrop man sentenced to 25 years for killing friend; another 7 years for other charges


CANTON — The man who confessed to shooting his friend and burying the body in Norfolk in 2010 was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison after his attorney failed to convince a St. Lawrence County Court judge that he agreed to plead guilty to manslaughter because he was high on drugs.

Dustin J. Trimm, 38, Winthrop, in April confessed to shooting 21-year-old Jason M. Wing in the head and chest before burying him on Grantville Road property where the body was found in 2012.

Trimm’s attorney, Edward F. Narrow, said in court Monday that his client maintained his innocence, was under the influence of Suboxone and cocaine when he made his plea and sought to have the agreement waived and a trial scheduled.

Judge Jerome J. Richards denied that motion.

“You raised your right hand and swore to the truth and I have no reason to doubt that,” Judge Richards told Trimm. “You don’t have to be remorseful, you just have to serve the time. You are a bad person. It’s as simple as that. You don’t care about anybody but Dustin Trimm.”

The sentencing came after an emotional Roxanne M. Stratton, Mr. Wing’s mother, addressed Trimm in the courtroom.

Shaking and crying, she unfolded a statement she had prepared and read in a staccato voice: “It has been a long two years not knowing where Jason was, not hearing from him.”

She said her son was a considerate and lovable young man who was well-liked in school and his absence has been deeply felt.

“I never got to see him, to say goodbye, or say I love you,” she said as Trimm stared straight ahead as she spoke.

But while she said she didn’t feel he would be behind bars for a long enough period of time Mrs. Stratton said she felt justice had been served as Trimm will be off the street and unable to kill or molest another child.

“I will get justice for my son, Dustin J. Trimm,” Mrs. Stratton said. “I hate you, I hate what you stand for.”

Trimm was also sentenced on two unrelated charges of criminal sexual acts. He pleaded guilty to having forceful sex with different teenagers in 2010 and 2011. He received seven years on each of those charges, and they will be served concurrently after he finishes serving his time for killing Mr. Wing.

In addition to his prison sentence, Trimm was ordered to pay a total of $8,196 in restitution, $1,800 in court fines, fees and surcharges. He will be eligible for parole in aproximately 27 years.

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