DA: Murderer Sentenced To 18 Years In Prison Showed No Remorse
Published: August 6th, 2021
By: Tyler Murphy

NORWICH – Appearing in court Friday morning Kelly J. Gillett, of Johnson City was sentenced to 18-years to life in prison for the murder of her boyfriend.

According to District Attorney Michael Ferrarese, on October 19, 2020, in the Village of Sherburne, Gillett repeatedly shot the victim, Jonathan Ryan, 39, with a 20 gauge shotgun as he slept.

Since announcing the case investigators have puzzled over a possible motive for the crime, saying an investigation revealed no drug use, domestic violence or financial troubles.

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On May 10 Gillett pleaded guilty to second degree murder and accepted a plea deal. Gillett told the judge she had decided to kill Ryan after taking a morning nap but never offered a reason why in court.

Gillett declined to speak at sentencing and officials said she showed no remorse.

“I hear no remorse. I thought we might hear – I was prepared that after the last 8, 9, 10 months something would have evolved and we have heard something more,” said Chenango County Court Judge Frank Revoir Jr., after Gillett refused her final chance to speak before sentencing.

“I was disturbed by the pre-sentence report and investigation,”said Ferrarese.

“She was asked, 'is she or was she remorseful' and she expressed no remorse. She deserves to spend the rest of her life in prison for the cold blooded murder of Jonathan Ryan,” he said.

The DA thanked the Chenango County Sheriff's Office, the New York State Police and conservation officers, the Sherburne Police Department, and the pathologists at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton.

“Thanks to the great assistance received from all the investigating agencies we had the ability to present a strong case in court,” said Ferrarese.

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Read more details in Monday's Evening Sun.


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