Brian Owsinski, 26, of Fallsburg, was sentenced on November 30 before County Court Judge Jim Farrell to life in prison with no possibility of parole for at least 20 years on his conviction for Murder in the Second Degree.
MONTICELLO, NY — Brian Owsinski, 26, of Fallsburg, was sentenced November 30 before County Court Judge Jim Farrell to life in prison with no possibility of parole for at least 20 years on his conviction for Murder in the Second Degree. The conviction stems from the January 2022 homicide of two-year-old Amara Campbell at the Thunderbird Trailer Park in Woodbourne. Owsinski pled guilty just before jury selection was scheduled to commence in September, admitting that he acted with depraved indifference to Amara’s life by striking her in the stomach at least twice, causing severe injuries that resulted in her death.
Around 4:45 p.m. on January 25, the girl’s mother called 911, reporting that the child was unresponsive. Members of the Town of Fallsburg Police, New York State Police, Mobile Medic, Woodbourne EMS and others responded and transported Amara to Garnet Catskills in Harris, where she was pronounced dead. Sullivan County Coroners and the Sullivan County District Attorney Meagan Galligan engaged renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Sikirica to perform an autopsy, which revealed clear evidence of fatal internal bleeding. Owsinski admitted that he was alone with the child at the time he inflicted the lethal blows. At sentencing, Senior Assistant District Attorney Steven Goldberg argued in favor of the life sentence, noting the impact this case has had on the child’s surviving family members and the law enforcement community.
Galligan said, “This defendant’s unconscionable acts warrant the life sentence imposed, yet they do not define Amara Campbell’s legacy of courage and love. The agony this child suffered will echo throughout the lives of those who loved her and remember her every day. My Office and the police and emergency responders who worked on this case, many of whom appeared in court today to witness this sentencing, will continue to support Amara’s father, who demonstrated tremendous bravery throughout the criminal justice process.”
Galligan praised the work of ADA Goldberg, emphasizing his relentless dedication to this case and his promise to make himself available whenever a parole board considers this defendant’s release, whether twenty, thirty or fifty years from now. Galligan said Goldberg’s statements in court today are a testament to the commitment of her Office and her partners in law enforcement to standing up for the most vulnerable members of our community. Galligan extended thanks to the Fallsburg Police Department, particularly including Detectives Sergeant Brendan Pavese and Travis Hartman, who has since joined her Office as a DA’s Investigator, for their continuing support of this case. She additionally thanked Dr. Michael Sikirica, the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Forensic Identification and Computer Crimes Units and all of the witnesses who continually made themselves available for the preparation of this case.
Owsinski was represented by Sullivan Conflicts Panel Director Joel Proyect, Esq.
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