MAYVILLE – The second man involved in the killing of Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra violinist Mary Whitaker has been sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison.
On Friday 32 year old Charles Sanford was sentenced in county court for second degree murder.
Sanford and accomplice Jonathan Conklin were arrested in August 2014 following an investigation into the murder of the 61 year-old Whitaker, who was found dead at her home in the town of Westfield, just outside of the village of Sherman, as the result of a burglary.
Both Sanford and Conklin were also sentenced Thursday in federal court for charges related to car-jacking and illegal possession of a firearm – with Sanford being sentenced to 15 years in federal prison while Conklin was sentenced to 25 years. Conklin was also sentenced to 25 years to life in prison on Wednesday in county court on the charge of 2nd degree murder.
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