To the untrained eye, it looked like the woman’s son had poisoned her, prosecutors said.
After all, a vial of colchicine — the toxin that killed 60-year-old Mary Yoder in 2015 — was found in her son Adam Yoder’s car in upstate New York after her death. An email account in her son’s name had been used to order the poison, prosecutors said. And a tipster had pointed to Adam as the culprit in an anonymous letter to police, the Syracuse Post-Standard reports.
But making it look like Adam Yoder committed the crime was the goal all along, prosecutors said. The real culprit was his ex-girlfriend: Kaitlyn Conley, 24, who has been convicted of manslaughter for killing the woman and framing Yoder, her ex-boyfriend, as a way to get revenge after he jilted her, WKTV reports.
“ ‘Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,’ ” Assistant District Attorney Laurie Lisi said in court last May, the Post-Standard reports. “Vengeance thy name is Kaitlyn Conley.”
Conley was sentenced Thursday to 23 years in prison, WKTV reports. That’s just two years less than the maximum sentence.
At the sentencing, William Yoder, the poisoned victim’s widower, recounted how his wife had spent her final hours vomiting and suffering from diarrhea, WKTV reports. But just hours before those symptoms appeared, he said, his wife had been the picture of health.