Double murderer gets 46 years

— When Judge Thomas Miller asked Justin Dallas if he had anything to say before he was sentenced to 46 years in state prison for stabbing to death two women in Liverpool, the 27-year-old defendant said nothing.

The mothers of Dallas’ two victims, however, had plenty to say at his July 28 sentencing at Onondaga County Courthouse in downtown Syracuse.

“You are not a human being, you are an animal,” said Sherry Jones, mother of Dallas’ 24-year-old estranged wife, Brandy Dallas. “You will be locked up in a cage like an animal.”

Jennifer Fox — the mother of Samantha Rainwater, 30, who Dallas also killed last Oct. 28 at the house she owned at 915 Second St. in Liverpool — submitted a statement read in court by Senior Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Cali. “I am no longer a mother because Justin Dallas murdered my only child,” her statement said.

Dallas had worked with Rainwater at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.

Cali also read a poem titled “Sometimes Love Hurts for Real,” which he said was written by Brandy Dallas as a document of her husband’s pattern of abuse.

On the day of the slayings, Cali said that, after an altercation with his wife in July 2013, Dallas was charged with menacing, unlawful imprisonment and criminal possession of a weapon. A judge issued a restraining order against him at that time. But, according to Sheriff Kevin Walsh, someone dropped off Justin Dallas at Rainwater’s house that Monday morning. None of the women’s children were in the home at the time.

Noting that Justin Dallas had inflicted more than 70 stab wounds on the two women, Miller called the crime “senseless” and “maniacal,” causing “inconceivable loss.”

A letter submitted by Rainwater’s 13-year-old daughter described her deep sorrow that has resulted in fits of anger and depression. Brandy Dallas was also the mother of two young children.

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