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Cattaraugus County Homicide Featured in TV Documentary

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CATTARAUGUS COUNTY, N.Y. — It took fifteen years for law enforcement to solve the murder of 32-year-old Andie Gasper, a father of three from Cattaraugus County.

The course of the investigation will be documented as part of the show "FBI: Criminal Pursuit" on the Investigation Discovery channel Wednesday.

Andie was found in his pickup truck, stabbed in the heart behind a plaza on Route 16 in Yorkshire on July 3rd, 1994.

His parents are supportive of the special.

"I think that Andie’s story needs to be told so that everyone can understand what happened and we probably will never know all of the whys as far as what and why happened," said Andie's father, Horace "Red" Gasper.

The investigation determined Gasper's wife, Cheryl, had been having an affair with an Ohio man, Randall Knight, who served with Andie in the Air Force.

The case started with the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office but needed some assistance by the FBI after Gasper's wife and her boyfriend were reluctant to speak.

"He had already been found not guilty, arrested and found not guilty, so we had the double jeopardy we had to deal with, but after reviewing the case, I found there was some violations of the federal statute of murder for hire," said Cattaraugus County Undersheriff Bill Nichols.

Nichols believes the show will also highlight the Sheriff’s Office.

"I think it shows the professionalism in the department. Even though we're in a rural area, I mean, those type of crimes are uncommon but they happen. At least they know we're still working on them and they're not sitting in a basement somewhere," said Nichols.

There is one person in particular that the Gaspers are hoping will watch. Andie's youngest son has been estranged from the family since his mother was charged in the case.

"I think that we're hoping that maybe he will see and better understand what happened and who's really at fault and the blame has to go where the blame belongs," said Gasper.

Cheryl Gasper is serving an 18-year prison sentence in a New York correctional facility for Gasper's murder, while Knight is serving a 24-year sentence in federal prison.

The show is scheduled to air at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

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