BATH | Karrie Neurauter will serve 1-3 years in state prison for her role in the August 2017 killing of her mother, Michele Neurauter.
Karrie Neurauter previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the case, but in light of the confession of her father, Lloyd Neurauter, who said he had psychologically manipulated his daughter for years, Steuben County Judge Peter Bradstreet agreed to reduce the charge to second-degree manslaughter at the request of Karrie’s attorney David Hoffman.
“(Judge Bradstreet) had encyclopedic knowledge of the facts, and he decided from everything he had heard, read and seen, that was appropriate,” Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker said.
Karrie Neurauter waived her right to appeal as part of that decision.
The sentencing was originally set for Monday, but was moved up at Bradstreet’s request.
“It was clear that mercy was appropriate for her, because of everything her father had done to her that led her to make the bad choices that she made,” Baker said. “She still made bad choices and played a role in her mother’s death.”
Baker said ultimately it was the judge’s decision, on both the change to the charge and the sentence that was imposed.
“I’m glad the judge was the one to have to make that decision, and not me, in this case,” Baker said. “That’s what we depend on with a judge at the apex of his career, with 25 years of experience -- to do the right thing.”
Baker said Karrie Neurauter will initially be sent to Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women in Westchester County, where female state prisoners are first processed, and in his opinion he believes that will likely be where she will serve out her sentence.
Her father, Lloyd Neurauter, who was sentenced Monday to life without parole in his ex-wife’s killing, remains in Steuben County Jail until a determination about his placement is made by the state prison system.
Baker said Lloyd Neurauter will ultimately end up at one of the state’s top-security prisons, at Dannemora, Attica, Sing-Sing or Auburn. He’s unlikely to end up at the nearby facility in Southport, Baker added.
At Monday’s sentencing, Michele Neurauter’s mother Jeannie Laundy spoke in Karrie’s favor, saying she didn’t think of Karrie as the person who killed her daughter.
Lloyd Neurauter, 48, of New Jersey, according to his own testimony in his guilty plea, strangled his ex-wife Michele Neurauter in the bedroom of her Dwight Avenue home, then staged the scene to appear to be a suicide. Karrie Neurauter admitted to assisting by distracting her younger sister while Lloyd Neurauter carried out the killing in the home.
Lloyd Neurauter also said he had threatened to kill himself if Karrie did not assist him in the killing.