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Man pleads guilty to manslaughter in wife's death after murder conviction overturned in Otsego County

WKTV Photo (FILE) -- Casey Callahan in Otsego County Court in October of 2017.

A former Unadilla man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2000 death of his wife, after his murder conviction was overturned last summer.

Posted: May 3, 2021 5:09 PM

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – A former Unadilla man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2000 death of his wife, after his murder conviction was overturned last summer.

Casey Callahan, 54, was initially convicted of second-degree murder in the death of his wife, Elizabeth Welsh Callahan, and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. The verdict was overruled in August of 2020 because a piece of testimony used in the trial was deemed inadmissible.

In court Monday, Callahan admitted to backing over his wife with a truck in Pennsylvania 21 years ago. He was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison, to run consecutively with a sentence he’s currently serving for the 2013 sexual assault of a minor.

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