CORNING —A young woman pleads guilty to second-degree murder involving the death of her mother.
On March 7 Kerrie Neurauter, 20 of Corning entered a plea of guilty to second-degree murder before the Honorable Judge Peter Bradstreet. She admitted to intentionally aiding her father, Lloyd Neurauter in the murder of her mother and his ex-wife, Michelle Neurauter at her Dwight Avenue home on Aug. 27, 2017.
During the plea, Kerrie, under oath, detailed being confronted by her father, Lloyd, with an ultimatum in mid-August. She could either assist him with killing her mother; to free him from the financial burden of child support and alimony, which would give him custody of his youngest child. The second option was that he would kill himself.
It was at the point Kerrie admitted she agreed to help her father with his plan to murder her mother, Michelle.
Though she was not physically involved in the killing of Michelle, Kerrie went on the detail the plan her father had set in motion. She intentionally aided Lloyd in killing her mother by driving him back and forth from the Dwight Avenue home, disconnecting various electronic devices in the home to hide her father's presence, and distracting the youngest sibling while her father strangled her mother in the upstairs bedroom. Kerrie went on to help Lloyd stage the scene to appear a suicide, telling a false story, as directed by Lloyd, and lied to local law enforcement to cover up murder and Lloyd's involvement.
The plea carries a sentence promise of not more than 15 years to life in New York State Prison; part of the agreement was that Kerrie would agree to give truthful testimony against Lloyd at his trial. District Attorney Brooks Baker told the court that Kerrie had given a statement to NYS Police Investigators detailing the plan to kill Michelle, and her involvement with Lloyd in assisting him with murder. Baker told the court that Kerrie passed a polygraph examination telling of the truthfulness to her statement to local law enforcement.
Kerrie was remanded to Steuben County Jail pending sentencing. Trial for Lloyd's first-degree murder indictment is set to begin Sept. 24.