Utica man sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison for manslaughter

Published Sep 10, 2018 at 4:00pm

Utica man Brian Brewczynski apologized in County Court this morning for killing his girlfriend, Cheryl Saupp, and took one last moment to explain that he tried to get her help for the fatal head injury he caused.

“I did call the ambulance that night to save Cheri, but she didn’t make it. She died in my arms that night and I’m sorry,” Brewczynski told Judge Michael L. Dwyer this morning.

Judge Dwyer told the defendant that it was “important” that he continue to accept responsibility for what happened. Dwyer sentenced Brewczynski to 22 1/2 years in state prison on a charge of first-degree manslaughter, reduced from second-degree murder. The sentence was part of a plea deal.

“I would like to give my condolences to Cheri’s family, and to my family, because they cared about Cheryl a lot,” Brewczynski said.

The courtroom was full of Saupp’s loved ones this morning, but none of them chose to speak in court. Instead, Assistant District Attorney Joshua Bauer read a prepared letter from Saupp’s sister, Heidi Maiolo.

The letter praised Saupp for being a kind and generous person, who had overcome great hardships in her life.

“Cheri would always go out of her way to help a broken person because she was broken for so many years herself. Brian learned that about her and I believe he preyed on that,” the letter stated.

“Most importantly, Brian Brewczynski took a mother from her children. Cheri will never get to see her daughter get married, and she’ll never hold her grandchildren again.”

Maiolo wrote that her family will march against domestic violence in the hopes that Saupp’s story can help others.

Authorities said Saupp, 49, was killed during a domestic dispute with Brewczynski at about 6:30 a.m. May 18 at their residence on William Street in Utica. Authorities said Brewczynski attacked Saupp during the dispute and she suffered a severe head injury.

Court officials also said that Brewczynski was previously convicted in September 2012 of a separate assault case. Brewczynski was sentenced at the time to six months in jail for an attack on a security officer at a medical facility in New Hartford.