Guilty Plea in Murder-For-Hire Case

July 14, 2010 Updated Jul 14, 2010 at 12:58 PM EDT

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Guilty Plea in Murder-For-Hire Case

July 14, 2010 Updated Jul 14, 2010 at 12:58 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - 56-year-old Randall Delbert Knight of Akron, Ohio pleaded guilty Wednesday to traveling in interstate commerce and using facilities in interstate commerce in connection with a murder-for-hire, the first ever in Western New York.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says that Knight admitted that he drove from Akron, Ohio to Cattaraugus County on July 3, 1994. He then lured the victim, Andie Gasper, to the back lot of an Ames Department store in the town of Yorkshire where he stabbed him to death. Knight also admitted that the murder grew out of a long-term extramarital affair he was having with the victim’s wife, Cheryl Gasper.

The case was brought after the United States Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Cattaraugus County District Attorney’s Office and the cold case squad of the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department re-opened the investigation into Andie Gasper’s murder. Randy Knight had been indicted for his murder by a Cattaraugus County Grand Jury but was acquitted following a 1995 jury trial in Cattaraugus County Court.

In an indictment filed in May, a Cattaraugus County Grand Jury charged Cheryl Gasper with assisting in the murder of Andie Gasper and, in pleading guilty, Knight agreed to testify against Cheryl Gasper at her yet-to-be-scheduled trial.

Sentencing is scheduled for November 3 at 9:00 a.m. before U.S. Judge Skretny.