MAYVILLE (AP) — An ex-Marine from Virginia was sentenced Monday to 25 years to life in prison for killing a New York school superintendent over a long-distance, online relationship between the school official and the man's wife.
A jury in November convicted Anthony Taglianetti, 43, of second-degree murder in the 2012 death of Keith Reed, who headed the 440-student Clymer Central School District.
Taglianetti, who drove 350 miles to shoot Reed in the back and chest, did not speak before receiving the maximum prison sentence.
"It is my fervent hope that you never again see the light of day as a free man," said Chautauqua County Judge John Ward, who said Taglianetti had devastated the community.
During the trial, District Attorney David Foley told jurors that Taglianetti was driven to kill by a sexually explicit email he discovered between his wife, Mary, and Reed. The two had a brief physical relationship in 2010 when the Taglianettis were estranged and had renewed their acquaintance online.
After arriving in rural Clymer, Taglianetti first went to the Clymer school building in search of Reed. When he learned Reed was not there, Taglianetti went to the home where Reed lived alone and shot him three times. The 51-year-old's body was found more than two days later after his failure to show up at a professional conference raised alarms.
"Taglianetti has given us a life sentence," Katelynn Olin, Reed's daughter, told the judge in asking for the harshest possible sentence.
Taglianetti, an oral historian at the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Va., was arrested eight days after the shooting near a campsite in Virginia. The handgun used to kill Reed was wrapped in a printout of the explicit August 2012 email.
Mr. Reed’s body was discovered by Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office personnel after a missing person’s report was filed the previous day.
Mr. Reed was the son of Keith and Shirley Reed; Mr. Reed Sr. served as Salamanca mayor from 1962-69 and again from 1972-75. The Reeds operated Reed’s Newsroom in the city for 35 years.
Mr. Reed had served as principal at Sherburne-Earlville Central School, located between Syracuse and Albany, prior to his appointment as superintendent in Clymer in 2011.