The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY)

Man pleads guilty to Lizzie Garrow murder

- By The Dispatch Staff newsroom@oneidadisp­

WAMPSVILLE, N.Y. >> 25-year-old George Mcdonald Jr. plead guilty to murder in the second degree of his 19-year-old wife, Lizzie Garrow, of Canastota.

In entering this plea, he admitted under oath that the killing was intentiona­l.

The murder was committed by stabbing her multiple times with a kitchen knife and then abandoning her body by the Thruway overpass on Main Street in the Village of Canastota.

As part of his guilty plea, Mcdonald agreed to waive his right to appeal.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 7, 2021, at 3 p.m. before Judge O’sullivan. At that time, Mcdonald will receive 20 years to life in state prison, according to the Madison County District Attorney’s Office. In addition, he will be responsibl­e for the payment of the state-mandated surcharge and a DNA registrati­on fee. Appropriat­e orders of protection will be issued.

It is anticipate­d that a member of Lizzie Garrow’s family will address the court at sentencing.

Chief Assistant Robert Mascari, who prosecuted this case on behalf of Madison County District Attorney William G. Gabor, offered the following comments:

“This result was made possible by the outstandin­g investigat­ive work of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, the New York State Police, the Village of Canastota Police Department, and the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office. Also, not to be overlooked are the many other agencies that tirelessly gave of their time in the search, and ultimate recovery, of Lizzie Garrow.

“This is a tragic result which has devastated Lizzie Garrow’s family. While nothing our criminal justice system offers approaches the justice they deserve, the family is satisfied with and supportive of this result. It will give them finality in the criminal justice process and allow them to move on to positive ways of honoring Lizzie’s memory.”

More remarks on this case will be offered at sentencing. At this time, the public is asked to respect Lizzie’s family’s privacy so that they can continue to grieve and heal, Mascari said.

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