Neu had been well known to Deposit police for a decade for several minor crimes and as a parole violator who had served time at the state penitentiary in Elmira. Marlowe had no prior offenses and had lived in Deposit only six weeks prior to the murders.
At the time of the arrests, Kenneth Wilcox, father of James F. Wilcox, told The Daily Star that he was glad the two were off the street. The father of six said that he moved his family to Afton from Babylon on Long Island to get away from crime.
“You don’t expect it to happen in a small town,” Wilcox said.
In trials that took place in 1983, and appeals in 1987, Neu was pinpointed as the gunman in both convenience store sites and Marlowe as the accomplice in getaways and disposing of the guns. Marlowe got a portion of the proceeds of the two robberies. In the Binghamton shooting, the two then drove across the Pennsylvania line and spent the rest of that night and into the early morning hours the next day buying drinks at a bar.
Neu and Marlowe were given life sentences for murder and robbery. Marlowe, currently in Attica Correctional Facility, could be eligible for parole in 2014. Neu, in Southport Correctional Facility, Chemung County, could be eligible for parole in 2033.
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