Man who tried to kill his brother-in-law sentenced


NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Niagara County man who admitted he tried to kill his brother-in-law over a business dispute is going to prison.

A judge sentenced Timothy Depetris to 25 years in prison on Monday. Last year, he accompanied a pizza deliveryman to the home of 56-year-old Sandro Viola. Viola hadn’t ordered a pizza, and when he opened the door to see what was going on, he was shot in the upper chest.

Viola survived the shooting and Depetris and the pizza deliveryman were arrested. Then later, while locked up, police say Depetris tried to hire a hitman to kill Viola and the deliveryman.

Investigators say Depetris, who pleaded guilty to attempted murder, was angry over a business dispute. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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