Rockland man sentenced for shooting 2 women at Valley Cottage

A 34-year-old man has been convicted of the murders of two women at a Hudson Valley home in 2020.

Rockland County resident Robert Williams III of Hillcrest was sentenced Tuesday, Aug. 16, to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the shooting deaths of 27-year-old Kathleen Castor and her mother, Wanda, 63 years old. Castor, Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Walsh II announced.

According to the announcement, Williams was convicted in April of the following charges stemming from the Valley Cottage double homicide:

  • First degree murder
  • Second degree murder (two counts)
  • Second degree criminal possession of a weapon
  • First degree criminal contempt (two counts)

On May 26, 2020, Williams entered a house on Lake Road in Valley Cottage and shot Kathleen and Wanda with a .40 caliber firearm, Walsh said.

A protective order was in place for Kathleen, who previously had a relationship with Williams, the prosecutor’s office reported.

Walsh reported that Kathleen’s one-month-old daughter was left unharmed in the apartment at the time.

As part of Tuesday’s decision, the judge also issued a protective order for the child, who is now 2 years old, the prosecutor’s office said.

The homicide investigation was led by the Clarkstown Police Department, Walsh said.

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