- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

MAYVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - One of the two men charged in the slaying of a New York City violinist at her upstate summer home has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

The Post-Journal of Jamestown reports (https://bit.ly/1L6eyXb ) 31-year-old Charles Sanford entered his plea Monday in Chautauqua County Court in Mayville.

Prosecutors say Sanford will be sentenced in February to a potential 15 years to life in state prison if he cooperates in the trial of his alleged accomplice, 44-year-old Jonathan Conklin.

Authorities say the two homeless men fatally shot and stabbed 61-year-old Mary Whitaker of Manhattan during a robbery inside her summer residence in Westfield in August 2014. They were arrested two days later.

Conklin’s trial is scheduled to begin early next year.

Whitaker was a violinist with the Westchester Philharmonic who spent summers playing at the Chautauqua Institution.

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Information from: The Post-Journal, https://www.post-journal.com

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