UTICA, NY - Kaitlyn Conley, the Sauquoit woman convicted of Second Degree Manslaughter in connection with the death of Dr. Mary Louise Yoder, has been sentenced to 23 years in prison by Oneida County Court Judge Michael Dywer. Conley stood before Judge Dwyer and proclaimed her innocence. She was accused of poisoning Dr. Yoder, who was Conley’s employer and the mother of her former boyfriend.
Judge Dwyer explained that he sympathized with Dr. Yoder’s condition in the hospital over the last two days of her life. He then imposed the sentence of 23 years in prison, plus five years post-release supervision. .
Conley was twice tried for the poisoning death of Dr. Yoder, a Chiropractor who was 60 years old when she died in 2015. Conley’s first trial ended in a hung jury. In the second trial, held during the fall of 2017, the jury failed to convict on the top charge of Second Degree Murder. Instead they found Conley guilty of Second Degree Manslaughter.
During the victim impact statement part of the proceedings, Dr. Yoder’s husband William and other members of the family, including the victim’s daughter, explained to the judge the role Mary Louise Yoder played in their lives and how her loss has effected them. William Yoder, also a Chiropractor, was a partner with his wife in the family practice. He also was a target, along with his son Adam, by the defense in the first trial, presented as a possible suspect.
William and Adam Yoder painted a picture of Kaitlyn Conley as a killer, unlike the image of a smiling, happy person that she portrayed in the courtroom. Adam Yoder, who had dated Conley, said that he hated Conley for having killed his mother.
One of Mary Louise Yoder’s sisters read a letter written by the sister asking for mercy and telling the judge that the sister believed that Conley was wrongly convicted. The defense attorney, Frank Policelli, read two letters from Mary Yoder’s other sisters on behalf of Conley.
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