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Cable channel will air an account of cold case probe into 1994 murder

A story about the cold case investigation into the 1994 murder of 32-year-old Andie Gasper behind a Yorkshire department store will be aired Wednesday on cable television.

The Investigation Discovery Channel, which runs on most Western New York Time Warner Cable systems on Channel 104, will air a segment on the murder case on its 10 p.m. show, "FBI: Criminal Pursuit."

The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Cold Case Unit and the FBI cracked the case in early 2010 with the arrests of the murder victim's wife, Cheryl L. Jenkins Gasper, and her former lover, Randall Delbert Knight.

Knight was acquitted of killing Gasper during a 1995 murder trial, with testimony from Cheryl Gasper aiding his defense.

Knight pleaded guilty in July 2010 to a federal charge of crossing state lines to commit murder and on Nov. 3, 2010, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny in Buffalo to 22 years in prison.

Knight, now 58, who grew up in Akron, Ohio, and had an affair with Cheryl Gasper when both were in the U.S. Air Force over two decades ago, is an inmate at the federal medium security prison in Lompoc, Calif., where he is scheduled to be held until April 2031, according to federal prison records.

Cheryl Gasper, then living in Chaffee, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for plotting the killing of her estranged spouse, who lived in Delevan. She was sentenced by Cattaraugus County Judge Larry M. Himlein in November 2010 to 18 years to life in state prison.

Gasper, who had three children with the murder victim, is currently an inmate at the state's Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for women and becomes eligible for possible parole in 2028.

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