Following a three-week trial and two full days of jury deliberations, 24-year-old Kaitlyn Conley of Sauquoit was convicted of first-degree manslaughter.
A jury in Conley’s murder retrial found Conley not guilty of second-degree murder, but guilty of the added on lesser charge of first-degree manslaughter. Following the guilty verdict, Judge Michael Dwyer revoked Conley’s bail and she was taken to the Oneida County Jail.
This morning, Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara joined WKTV live in studio to talk about the likelihood of an attempt to appeal, and how the prosecution came about adding on the manslaughter charge. Conley was initially charged with second-degree murder and two counts of falsifying business records.
McNamara says that following Conley’s first trial for second-degree murder, which ended with a hung jury in May, the prosecution interviewed some of the jurors and learned more about the jurors’ concerns or issues they had regarding Conley’s intent in this case. Based upon that, they decided before the retrial even began to request that first-degree manslaughter be added on for the jury to consider. McNamara says that you can’t ask for that to be added until you’ve gone through the whole trial first.
Conley is scheduled to be sentenced on January 11, 2018. She faces a sentence of five years to 25 years in prison, and she will serve 6/7 of the time she's sentenced to.