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Man pleads guilty to manslaughter in killings of wife, stepson

A Jamestown man on Thursday admitted killing his wife and stepson in December 2015, according to the Chautauqua County District Attorney's Office.

Allen P. Witruke pleaded guilty in Chautauqua County Court to two counts of first-degree manslaughter in the deaths of Catherine Witruke, 52, and Eric Washburn. 34, according to the DA's office.

Their bodies were found in a Barrows Street home on Dec. 8, 2015, when Jamestown officials arrived to execute an eviction. Catherine Witruke was found stabbed to death, while Washburn was beaten and stabbed, authorities said.

Allen Witruke, 53, was found several hours later in Olean.

"This case was tragic and heartbreaking. As with any domestic-based homicide, families are ripped apart and left devastated," District Attorney Patrick Swanson said in a written statement. "We’re happy with the outcome and satisfied that the defendant accepted responsibility for his actions. Hopefully the family members of the victims can begin the healing process."

Allen Witruke, who was indicted last June on first-degree manslaughter charges after initially being charged with second-degree murder, is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 22.

Swanson credited Jamestown and Olean police, as well as the Chautauqua County Forensic Investigation Team, for their work on the case.

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