CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) - One of the suspects accused of murder in the death of a Corning woman in 2017 has pleaded guilty.
Karrie Neurauter, 20, has pleaded guilty to 2nd degree Murder in connection to the death of her mother, Michele Neurauter.
According to Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker, Karrie admitted to helping her father Lloyd kill Michele at her Dwight Avenue home in Corning in August of 2017. Michele was Lloyd's ex-wife.
According to Baker, Karrie Neurauter says she was approached by her father in mid-August. He reportedly told Karrie she could either help him kill her mother or he would kill himself. Karrie told the court Lloyd wanted to be free of the financial burden of child support and alimony and wanted custody of his youngest child. In her plea, Karrie said she agreed to help in the murder plot.
District Attorney Baker says Karrie was not physically involved in the murder of Michele. He says Karrie detailed the plan in her plea. Karrie admitted to driving Lloyd to and from the Dwight Avenue home, disconnecting various electronic devices in the home to hide Lloyd's presence, and distracting her younger sibling while Lloyd strangled Michele in an upstairs bedroom. Karrie also reportedly helped Lloyd stage the death as a suicide and told a false story to investigators after the crime to help cover up the murder and Lloyd's involvement.
As part of the plea deal, Karrie will face no more than 15 years to life in state prison. District Attorney Baker says she has agreed to testify against her father at trial. She has passed a polygraph examination, which Baker says shows she is being truthful.
Karrie is being held in the Steuben County Jail pending sentencing.
Lloyd Neurauter's trial is set to begin on September 24th.