Federal authorities seek the death penalty against William Wood Jr.

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United States Attorney General William Barr has authorized the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Syracuse to pursue the death penalty against the man who admitted to shooting and killing two people inside a DeWitt Chili’s restaurant in September.

William Wood Jr. opened fire inside the Chili’s on Erie Boulevard, killing two during an armed robbery.

Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick says he likely planned to kill more, but there was an issue with his gun. 

Wood Jr. was indicted by a federal grand jury on Feb. 14. 

While charges contained in that indictment carry a maximum sentence of death, the death penalty may only be pursued if authorized by the Attorney General.  

Following Attorney General Barr’s authorization, a Notice of Intent to Pursue the Death Penalty was filed by the United States Attorney’s Office.  

Wood is scheduled to be sentenced on Monday to State charges that he plead guilty to. He is expected to get a life sentence from the State. 

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