BATH | A daughter charged with murder in the Aug. 27 death of her mother pleaded guilty Wednesday in Steuben County Court to a charge of second-degree murder.
Kerrie Neurauter entered the plea before Judge Peter Bradstreet in exchange for a sentencing recommendation of 15 years to life -- and her promise to testify against her father, Lloyd J. Neurauter, 45, of North Brunswick, N.J., who is charged with first-degree murder in the case.
Kerrie Neurauter could have faced up to 25 years to life in the death of Michelle Neurauter of Corning.
The plea comes a little more than a week after Neurauter, 20, of Syracuse, initially pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder, first-degree custodial interference, tampering with physical evidence, and second-degree custodial interference.
The Steuben County District Attorney’s Office said in a press release that in a statement entered as part of the plea, called a colloquy, Kerrie Neurauter said her father Lloyd confronted her with an ultimatum in mid-August 2017 -- either help him kill her mother to free him from playing child support and alimony and give him custody of his youngest child, or he would kill himself.
She told the court she agreed to help Lloyd Neurauter in his plan to kill Michelle Neurauter.
The DA’s office said Kerrie Neurauter went on to say that she was not physically involved with her mother’s killing, but assisted her father in the killing by: driving him to and from the 145 Dwight Ave. home; disconnecting electronic devices in the home to hide his presence; distracting her younger sibling while Lloyd Neurauter strangled his ex-wife in an upstairs bedroom; helping him stage the scene to appear to be a suicide; and telling a false story provided by her father to law enforcement in order to cover up the murder and her father’s involvement.
After entering her plea, Kerrie Neurauter was remanded back to the Steuben County Jail pending sentencing.
Trial for Lloyd Neurauter on charges of first-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder, first-degree burglary, first-degree custodial interference, tampering with physical evidence, offering a false statement for filing, endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree conspiracy and second-degree custodial interference is slated to begin Sept. 24 in Steuben County Court.