With Friends Like This…John Morgan was murdered by 3 of his friends because they were upset over a $900 phone bill; All sentenced to prison

3 Face Charges
Sources say slaying victim was tortured in Johnstown
2 arraigned in Johnstown murder
Johnstown woman faces more counts – Morgan’s ex-girlfriend charged with murder
Man pleads guilty to murder charge – Suspect admits torture killing
Cook, Whaley sentenced for murder – Judge says both men ‘lucked out’ because of age
Friends sentenced to prison in killing
Suspect in torture killing makes a plea
Dzierson apologizes in court
Cornell program turns Auburn prison inmates into college graduates
Vigil tonight to recognize 1998 victim of murder
Old murder case airing on TV

Movies/Documentaries
Murder Among Friends: Puzzle in Pieces

Defendants
Theodore Cook – convicted, sentenced to 23 years to life in prison (parole eligible 11/2020)
Lucas Whaley – convicted, sentenced to 25 years to life in prison (parole eligible 11/2022)
Amanda Dzierson – convicted, sentenced to 20 years to life in prison (parole hearing 11/2017)

INMATE INFORMATION

Identifying and Location Information
As of 06/29/17
DIN (Department Identification Number) 99A1675
Inmate Name COOK, THEODORE J
Sex MALE
Date of Birth 04/03/1980
Race / Ethnicity WHITE
Custody Status IN CUSTODY
Housing / Releasing Facility MOHAWK
Date Received (Original) 03/30/1999
Date Received (Current) 03/30/1999
Admission Type NEW COMMITMENT
County of Commitment FULTON
Latest Release Date / Type (Released Inmates Only)

Crimes of Conviction
Crime MURDER 2ND
Class A1

Sentence Terms and Release Dates
Under certain circumstances, an inmate may be released prior to serving his or her minimum term and before the earliest release date shown for the inmate.
As of 06/29/17
Aggregate Minimum Sentence 0023 Years, 00 Months, 00 Days
Aggregate Maximum Sentence LIFE Years, 99 Months, 99 Days
Earliest Release Date 03/17/2021
Earliest Release Type PAROLE ELIGIBILITY DATE
Parole Hearing Date 11/2020
Parole Hearing Type INITIAL RELEASE APPEARANCE
Parole Eligibility Date 03/17/2021
Conditional Release Date NONE
Maximum Expiration Date LIFE
Maximum Expiration Date for Parole Supervision
Post Release Supervision Maximum Expiration Date
Parole Board Discharge Date

INMATE INFORMATION

Identifying and Location Information
As of 06/29/17
DIN (Department Identification Number) 99A1676
Inmate Name WHALEY, LUCAS W
Sex MALE
Date of Birth 09/24/1980
Race / Ethnicity WHITE
Custody Status IN CUSTODY
Housing / Releasing Facility AUBURN
Date Received (Original) 03/30/1999
Date Received (Current) 03/30/1999
Admission Type NEW COMMITMENT
County of Commitment FULTON
Latest Release Date / Type (Released Inmates Only)

Crimes of Conviction
Crime MURDER 2ND
Class A1

Sentence Terms and Release Dates
Under certain circumstances, an inmate may be released prior to serving his or her minimum term and before the earliest release date shown for the inmate.
As of 06/29/17
Aggregate Minimum Sentence 0025 Years, 00 Months, 00 Days
Aggregate Maximum Sentence LIFE Years, 99 Months, 99 Days
Earliest Release Date 03/17/2023
Earliest Release Type PAROLE ELIGIBILITY DATE
Parole Hearing Date 11/2022
Parole Hearing Type INITIAL RELEASE APPEARANCE
Parole Eligibility Date 03/17/2023
Conditional Release Date NONE
Maximum Expiration Date LIFE
Maximum Expiration Date for Parole Supervision
Post Release Supervision Maximum Expiration Date
Parole Board Discharge Date

INMATE INFORMATION

PAROLE INFORMATION

PRISON INFORMATION
Identifying and Location Information
As of 06/29/17
DIN (Department Identification Number) 99G0156
Inmate Name DZIERSON, AMANDA C
Sex FEMALE
Date of Birth 09/20/1977
Race / Ethnicity WHITE
Custody Status RELEASED
Housing / Releasing Facility ALBION
Date Received (Original) 02/09/1999
Date Received (Current) 02/09/1999
Admission Type NEW COMMITMENT
County of Commitment FULTON
Latest Release Date / Type 03/12/18 PAROLE DIV OF PAROLE

Crimes of Conviction
Crime KIDNAPPING
Class A1

Sentence Terms and Release Dates
Under certain circumstances, an inmate may be released prior to serving his or her minimum term and before the earliest release date shown for the inmate.
As of 06/29/17
Aggregate Minimum Sentence 0020 Years, 00 Months, 00 Days
Aggregate Maximum Sentence LIFE Years, 99 Months, 99 Days
Earliest Release Date 03/10/2018
Earliest Release Type PAROLE ELIGIBILITY DATE
Parole Hearing Date 11/2017
Parole Hearing Type INITIAL RELEASE APPEARANCE
Parole Eligibility Date 03/10/2018
Conditional Release Date NONE
Maximum Expiration Date LIFE
Maximum Expiration Date for Parole Supervision
Post Release Supervision Maximum Expiration Date
Parole Board Discharge Date

3 Responses

  1. This breaks my heart, that a young person was made to suffer so. Without the death penalty there is no justice. 😦

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  2. His son looks very much like him. There’s no justice in knowing one of them could get out as early as this year.

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  3. Amanda Dzierson, according to NY Department of Corrections website, has been released.

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