SHERBURNE – According to preliminary police findings of an ongoing homicide investigation in the Village of Sherburne: on Monday morning a woman used a 20-gauge shotgun to murder her boyfriend inside a home at 7 Gould Drive, shooting him twice before calling police.
According to the Chenango County Sheriff's Office the woman dialed 911 at about 11:11 a.m. to report a shooting. Chenango County Sheriff Ernest R. Cutting Jr. confirmed the suspect, Kelly Gillett, 36, of Johnson City, later told police she was responsible for the killing and said she needed a lawyer.
“Basically, there was no argument or a fight. She took a shotgun and shot him, he tried to get away and she shot him again,” said Cutting. “She called 911. She was at the scene and we took her into custody without incident.”
The investigation is ongoing anyone with information should call the sheriff's detective division at 607-337-1935.
“They were a boyfriend-girlfriend thing, in a relationship for several years.” Cutting said the couple were not familiar to police. He said police knew of no history of domestic issues between the couple and Gillett did not appear to have any criminal record at the time of her arrest. He said drugs did not appear to be a factor, but tests would need to be done.
Chenango County First Assistant District Attorney Christine Rudy said Gillett was arraigned in Village of Sherburne court Monday evening and was remanded by Judge Kayphet Mavady to the Chenango County Correctional Facility without bail.
The victim, 39-year-old Jonathan Ryan, is a father of three children, all of them from a previous relationship. Cutting said none of the children were at the home at the time of the shooting and that they are staying at a separate residence.
Ryan is from Sherburne and attended the Sherburne-Earlville School District as a student.