Clayton Whittemore: Charges
Whittemore was indicted for second degree murder by a New York Grand Jury. Second degree murder is what lawyers typically call a “heat of passion” killing, that is, the homicide was not planned out and happened as a result of a fight. Prosecutors will not need to prove that Whittemore had a motive, merely that he and Kogut argued and he reacted by beating her fiercely.
Second degree murder carries a sentence of 15 years to life in prison, depending on the circumstances of the crime. Sentences of 25 years are considered within the normal range for a crime like this.