Buehler pleads guilty to shooting wife

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 November 2013 at 12:00 am

Kendall man will be sentenced to no more than 15 years

ALBION – A Kendall resident could be sentenced to up to 15 years in state prison for shooting his wife and then setting his house on fire.

Dennis Buehler, 64, pleaded guilty in Orleans County Court today to second-degree attempted murder and third-degree arson.

He could have faced 25 years in prison for attempted murder, plus additional time for third-degree arson. His plea today sets the maximum sentence for both crimes at 15 years. He will be sentenced Jan. 27.

Buehler said in court today that he shot his wife Linda with a shotgun on March 4.

“Your intent was to kill her?” Orleans County Court Judge James Punch asked Buehler in court.

“Absolutely,” he replied.

After she was shot in the shoulder, Mrs. Buehler then fled the house, which Buehler then set on fire with propane. The house at 923 Peter Smith Rd. was destroyed by the blaze.

Buehler said he wasn’t intoxicated when he committed the crimes.

He will remain in the county jail without bail until the sentencing.