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Rome man gets 25 years to life in prison for murdering wife and throwing her body in a dumpster

Jason D’Avolio was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison Thursday after he was convicted of murdering his estranged wife, Kerilee, and putting her body in a dumpster in July of 2019.

Posted: Apr 22, 2021 11:29 AM
Updated: Apr 22, 2021 1:31 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – Jason D’Avolio was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison Thursday after he was convicted of murdering his estranged wife, Kerilee, and putting her body in a dumpster in July of 2019.

After just 90 minutes of deliberation, a jury found D’Avolio guilty of second-degree murder and concealment of a human corpse in November of 2020.

D’Avolio shot Kerrilee in the back of the head with a long gun, and put her body in a nearby dumpster. She was later found in the Ava landfill.

During the murder trial, the prosecution painted D’Avolio as a scorned husband whose was enraged by his failed attempts to reunite with his estranged wife and mother of his three daughters.

Kerilee’s mother, Hope Wagner, gave a victim impact statement at the sentencing hearing, saying to D’Avolio, “you planned her death. Premediated her final days. And it was years in the making.”

Wagner hopes the sentence is as severe as the crime.

“I ask the court to silence him forever…have no mercy,” she said.

During the trial, the defense tried to claim Kerrilee shot herself in the back of the head with the long gun. The forensic pathologist who testified in the case said after performing more than 5,000 autopsies, she’d never seen someone commit suicide by shooting themselves in the back of the head with a long gun.

When D’Avolio spoke at the sentencing hearing Thursday, he maintained Kerrilee committed suicide.

Before issuing his sentence, Judge Dwyer said to D’Avolio, “I can’t tell you, Mr. D’Avolio, how disappointing it is…you have no heart in that body whatsoever.”

D’Avolio was sentenced to the max on both counts, 25 to life for murder, and 1 1/3 to 4 years for concealment of a human corpse.

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