An ex-chiropractor clinic receptionist has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for poisoning her boss to death.
Kaitlyn Conley, 24, had been found guilty of killing 60-year-old Mary Yoder in upstate New York back in 2015.
Conley, who was sentenced in Oneida County Court in Utica on Thursday, stared straight ahead as members of Yoder’s family spoke of their grief in the years following her tragic death.
She maintains that she is innocent.
Kaitlyn Conley, 24, was sentenced to 23 years in prison on Thursday after being found guilty of killing 60-year-old Mary Yoder in upstate New York back in 2015
The young woman had poisoned Yoder with an anti-inflammatory drug called colchicine, which is used to treat gout.
The 60-year-old spent her last 48 hours in hospital in severe pain, suffering from vomiting and diarrhea.
Mary Yoder, 60, spent the last 48 hours before she died in hospital in severe pain, suffering from vomiting and diarrhea
Conley had worked for Yoder and her husband William as a receptionist at their chiropractic office in Whitesboro.
Yoder was also the mother of Conley’s ex-boyfriend, Adam Yoder.
The victim’s son spoke in court ahead of Conley’s sentencing, saying he blames himself for his mother’s death.
‘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,’ Adam told jurors, according to WKTV.
‘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.
‘Since this investigation began, I have seen three psychologists and one psychiatrist. I’ve now been prescribed multiple medications for sleep, for major depression, for severe anxiety and for PTSD, all of which have been prescribed for one simple reason: self hatred.’
Yoder’s husband told the court: ‘We had to helplessly watch her die again and again and again. The pain of that last day will haunt me and my family for the rest of our lives.’
Conley (left in court on Thursday and right in her mugshot) stared straight ahead as members of Yoder’s family spoke of their grief in the years following her tragic death
Conley had worked for Yoder and her husband William as a receptionist at their chiropractic office (pictured above) in Whitesboro in upstate New York
Relatives had contacted police soon after her death in 2015 raising concerns that they thought it was suspicious.
The day after Yoder’s death, Conley paid tribute to her in a heartfelt Facebook post.
‘Dr Mary I still can’t believe you’re gone. Yesterday was so sudden. You truly were a positive light in the world and I’m so lucky and thankful our lives crossed paths,’ she wrote.
‘There wasn’t a day I didn’t look forward to work with you. You taught me so much and had such a profound impact on my life. Everyone appreciated your attention, stories, and laughter.
‘We will be remember you for your light, energy, and strength, and the best way I can think to honor your life is to emulate your genuine, cheerful, and kind spirit.’
Conley’s first trial in May last year ended in a mistrial after a jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict.
The day after Yoder’s death, Conley paid tribute to her in a heartfelt Facebook post