Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - Bernard Grucza will spend 25 years behind bars after confessing to stabbing Larry Wells twice, killing the Toys R Us manager.
Prosecutors said Grucza confessed to the killing when he pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Grucza had originally been charged with second degree murder.
Judge Penny Wolfgang said the plea deal spares family members from having to re-live the horrible details of how Wells died.
Larry Wells was found stabbed to death inside of the Toys R Us in Hamburg in June of 2013. Grucza, who also worked for the company, was later seen hugging and comforting employees at the crime scene.
For months, Grucza remained free and even talked to police to help with the investigation. However, DNA eventually linked Grucza to the crime.
Wells left behind a pregnant wife and young daughter.
During the sentencing, Jill Wells said, "We were supposed to grow older together, raise our children together, watch them grow up. Instead he was taken from us."
Wells also tearfully talked about how much her four-year-old daughter misses her father.
Grucza will also be in federal court to be sentenced for firearms charges on August 6th. He faces 18-24 months behind bars, that will likely run at the same time as the manslaughter sentence.
On Monday, Grucza will also appear in Elma Town Court for violating an order of protection.