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24-Year-Old Woman Sentenced To 23 Years For Poisoning Her Boss

Victim Mary Yoder was also the mother of her ex-boyfriend.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

A young woman in Utica, New York has been sentenced in killing her boss. According to New York Upstate, 24-year-old Kaitlyn Conley was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in the November death of her boss Mary Yoder. Conley was sentenced today to 23 years in prison in Oneida County Court.

Yoder, 60, was not only Conley's boss at the Chiropractic Family Care in Whitesboro but also the mother of her ex-boyfriend Adam Yoder. The prosecution believed that Conley purchased colchicine, a prescription medication, that was used to kill Yoder. They were also able to trace Conley's actions by the vial used in the crime and the gift cards used to buy the substance.

The defense argued that Adam Yoder was a controlling boyfriend and that Conley was being framed for the murder by him.

Conley was initially charged with second-degree murder but her first trial ended in a hung jury in May 2017. She was eventually convicted of first-degree manslaughter in the second trial in November 2017.

During the sentencing, Yoder's family claims that the incident happened because Conley was fighting with her ex. William Yoder, the victim's husband, said that Conley "had a fight with my son..and then murdered his mother." He asked the judge to impose the maximum sentence of 25 years for Conley. 

Adam Yoder also spoke out during the hearing, saying, “I hate the defendant with every bone in my body and every drop of blood in my veins.”

Conley's family denounced the sentence and blasts the notion that she is a calculated killer. "We are absolutely convinced this was not Katie,'' her sister, Sarah Conley, shared. "We have a lot of questions, as we know she is innocent. You don't expect the system to fail you this way." She added that her sister is not "devious and cold" and said that she is "strong, smart and caring."

Colechine is a prescription drug used to treat the medical illnesses of gout and Familial Mediterranean Fever. It has several listed side effects including: burning, "crawling", or tingling feeling in the skin, difficulty with breathing when exercising, fever with or without chills, large, hive-like swellings on the face, eyelids, mouth, lips, or tongue, muscle weakness and peeling of the skin.

[Photo: Oneida County Sheriff's Office]


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