Rochester man sentenced for 2016 murder of wife and daughter

Rochester man sentenced for 2016 murder of wife and daughter


By Mary McCombs

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Calling it a horrific crime, a judge sentenced a Rochester man to serve two consecutive life sentences for the brutal killing of his estranged wife and daughter in November 2016.

Patrick Brooks, 38, was found guilty last month in the stabbing deaths of Christie and Victoria Brooks — their bodies were found inside a Wellington Avenue home the day after Thanksgiving.

Christie Brooks had filed for divorce in 2015, moving on from the relationship. Several jurors who sat on this case were at the sentencing.

“After hearing everything and being together, we wanted to come support the family because he is guilty and we’re proud of what we did,” said juror Janice Garritano.

“The bodies are found on Black Friday. That’s always going to be with him, these jurors, every family member here, is always going to unfortunately know that creeping sense of dread when that time of the year comes back,” said prosecutor William Gargan.

Prior to sentencing, Brooks maintained his innocence, blaming the system for what he called extreme prejudice in his case.

His attorneys have 30 days to file an appeal.