UTICA, New York — A woman was sentenced to 23 years in prison for fatally poisoning her ex-boyfriend’s mother in a bid to get back at him.
Kaitlyn Conley, 24, was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in November in the 2015 death of chiropractor Mary Louise Yoder, although the jury found her not guilty of second-degree murder. An earlier trial ended with a hung jury.
Conley worked as a receptionist for the 60-year-old and had been involved in an on-again-off-again relationship with her son, Adam.
Authorities say Conley used colchicine, a drug commonly used to treat gout, to kill Yoder.
“My mother’s heart stopped beating because of this defendant,” daughter Tamaryn Yoder said, according to the Utica Observer-Dispatch.
Adam Yoder said he felt responsible for his mother’s death and had a hard time living with himself.
“Make no mistake — as much as I hate her, which is more than I ever thought I would be capable of hating anyone, I hate myself infinitely more,” he said.. “I introduced her to my family. I got her a job with my parents. And if I hadn’t done those things, my mother would still be alive.”
Conley insisted to the judge just before sentencing that she had nothing to do with Yoder’s death.
“I’m innocent,” she said.