Karrie Neurauter, the 20 year old RIT student accused of helping her father kill her mother at her mom’s home in Corning last August, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree murder Wednesday in exchange for a lesser sentence. As part of her plea, Karrie Neurauter will testify against her father in all future court proceedings.
She told the court she was issued an ultimatum by Lloyd Neurauter, either assist him in killing Michelle Neurauter, to free him from the financial burden of alimony and child support, which would in turn give him custody of his youngest daughter, or he would kill himself.
Karrie claims she was not involved in the physical act of killing her mom, but drove her father to, and from, her mom’s home in Corning. While there, she disconnected electronic devices to hide her dad’s presence and distracted her younger sister while Lloyd Neurauter allegedly strangled his wife in an upstairs bedroom. The daughter also claimed she helped her dad stage the murder to make it look like a suicide.
In exchange for her plea, Karrie Neurauter will receive no more than 15 years in prison. Lloyd Neurauter’s trial for first-degree murder will start in late September.