- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

MAYVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - One of two men who killed a New York City violinist inside her upstate summer home in 2014 has been sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison.

Forty-five-year-old Jonathan Conklin was sentenced Wednesday in Chautauqua (shuh-TAW’-kwuh) County Court, where he pleaded guilty in November to a second-degree murder charge in the slaying of Mary Whitaker of Manhattan.

The 61-year-old member of the Westchester Philharmonic spent summers performing in the orchestra at the Chautauqua Institution, a lakeside arts and intellectual community in western New York.

Authorities say Conklin and Charles Sanford were homeless when they shot and stabbed Whitaker during a burglary at her summer home in Westfield. Sanford pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in September.

Conkllin was sentenced Thursday in Buffalo to 25 years in prison on federal carjacking charges for stealing Whitaker’s vehicle. The 32-year-old Stanford was sentenced to 15 years for related convictions.

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This story has been corrected to correct Sanford’s age from 31 to 32.


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