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Man sentenced for killing Syracuse pizzeria owner last fall; victim was father of 5 children

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SYRACUSE, New York — A Syracuse man has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for fatally shooting the owner of a pizzeria last year.

Local media report that Eric Woody was sentenced Monday in a Syracuse court where he pleaded guilty last month to first-degree murder in the slaying of 38-year-old Shqair Shqair (shuh-KAHR' shuh-KAHR').

Police say Woody was robbing the business in October 2013 when he shot Shqair after the pizzeria owner refused to give up the case. Shqair was a Palestinian immigrant and father of five who owned the pizza shop with his wife.

Woody, who turns 26 Wednesday, was tracked down a month later in Niagara Falls, where authorities found him hiding in a cabinet under a sink inside a home.

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