- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2016

WARSAW, N.Y. (AP) - A western New York woman who killed a former friend dating her ex-boyfriend has been sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison.

The Wyoming County District Attorney’s Office says 39-year-old Kira Kastenhuber was sentenced Thursday for the slaying of 33-year-old Desirae Withey earlier this year.

Prosecutors say Kastenhuber entered Withey’s home in the village of Perry early on the morning of Feb. 6 and strangled, beat and stabbed her former friend. The victim’s body was found by one of her children, who alerted a neighbor.

Kastenhuber was arrested at her mother’s home in Rochester, where Kastenhuber had overdosed and where police found a suicide note in which she admitted to the killing.

The two women were co-workers whose friendship ended when Withey began dating Kastenhuber’s ex-boyfriend.

Kastenhuber pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in October.

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