DA presents 20-year offer in prison for man who shot wife, burned house

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 September 2013 at 12:00 am

ALBION – A Kendall man who allegedly shot his wife following an argument and then burned down their home would face a maximum of 20 years in state prison, according to a plea offer presented in Orleans County Court today by District Attorney Joseph Cardone.

Dennis Buehler, 64, could face 25 years in state prison for second-degree attempted murder, plus additional time for third-degree arson. As part of the plea, he would face up to 20 years in prison.

Buehler and his attorney, Public Defender Sanford Church, will consider the plea offer. If Buehler accepts it, the offer would still need to be approved by County Court Judge James Punch.

Buehler allegedly shot his wife Linda with a shotgun on March 4. Mrs. Buehler then fled the house, which Buehler then allegedly set on fire. The Buehlers’ house at 923 Peter Smith Rd. was destroyed by the fire. In court today, Cardone said the insurance company is contesting paying the claim for the damages.

Punch said a separate hearing will likely be needed to determine restitution for Mrs. Buehler, who has filed for divorce.

She survived the gunshot wound to her shoulder. Cardone said she and other witnesses are prepared to testify should the case go to trial.

Buehler has been charged of attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and third-degree arson.