BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. - A Saratoga County woman accused of murdering her step-great grandmother was sentenced Tuesday morning in county court.
30-year-old Katherine Seeber, of Wilton, will spend 14 and 1/2 years behind bars. She was sentenced at 11 a.m. in Saratoga County Court. In a tearful statement, she apologized to Witter's family for the pain and suffering her actions and inactions caused them.
Seeber entered a guilty plea earlier this month for a charge of first degree manslaughter in the February 12, 2000 killing of 91-year old Ruth Witter in Colonie. She still maintains while she was there for the killing, she didn't do it. She always blamed her then boyfriend Jeffrey Hampshire who was acquited of the crime.
She has already been in prison for 12 years and will be given credit for her time servce.
In court on Tuesday, she gave a tearful apology to Witter's family, including the victim's son and daughter who were present. She said she was a "broken woman" 12 years ago when the crime occurred and domestic violence and religious programs she has been attending in prison have changed her.
In 2001, Seeber pleaded guilty to strangling Ruth Witter and was sentenced to 20 years to life. A New York State Appeals Court recently ruled that Seeber must stand trial for the murder after evidence may have been faked by a forensic investigator.
Seeber was granted a new trial, but took the plea saying there was overwhelming evidence against her.
Upon release from prison, Seeber says she will be moving to Washinton state to live with her brother.