Clifford Burns gets 23 to life

Clifford Burns of Niskayuna, covers his face with court papers after his sentencing in Warren County Court Friday, September 5, 2014

Clifford Burns of Niskayuna, covers his face with court papers after his sentencing in Warren County Court Friday, September 5, 2014

Despite tearful statements from all three of his daughters, a Niskayuna man insisted in Warren County Court Friday that he wasn’t guilty of murdering his wife last Christmas Eve, according to a story today in The Daily Gazette.

Clifford R. Burns, 46, formerly of 1330 Union Street, nevertheless wasn’t allowed to take back his April guilty plea to second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Patricia Burns, 42.

“It’s unfortunate you don’t take responsibility,” said Warren County Court Judge John J. Hall. “Your 15-year-old daughter appears more mature than you are.”

Hall sentenced the unrepentant Burns to 23 years to life in prison — the sentence that was agreed to under a plea bargain when Burns pleaded guilty to the murder in April.