MAYVILLE – One of the two men involved in the 2014 murder of a member of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in county court.
The Chautauqua County District Attorney’s office says 44 year-old Jonathon Conklin will be sentenced this afternoon in county court on a charge of second-degree murder, related to the August 2014 death of Mary Whitaker, who was found murdered in her town of Westfield home, located just outside of Sherman. The murder took place as Conklin and co-defendant Charles Sanford attempted to burglarize Whitaker’s home on Titus road.
Conklin and Sanford face a potential 25 years to life and 15 years to life in state prison, respectively. Sanford will appear in county court for his sentencing on Friday.
The two also pleaded guilty to federal charges last fall, connected to the possession of a firearm and carjacking. Each carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. The pair are also reported to be sentenced for the federal charges in Buffalo on Thursday.