GENESEO, N.Y. — The Gates man convicted of killing a former roommate and burning her body in Livingston County was sentenced Thursday.
Aykut Ozkaynak will serve 25 years to life in prison on charges of second degree murder and an additional one-and-a-third to four years for physical evidence tampering. The sentences will be served concurrently.
His girlfriend, Mary Neverett, previously pleaded guilty to first degree manslaughter and testified against Ozkaynak at his murder trial. She agreed to a 20-year sentence.
The two were convicted of killing 64-year-old Patrice Miller on July 4th in 2016. The prosecution says the pair lived with Miller in Gates.
During the sentencing Thursday, District Attorney Greg McCaffrey called the killing a crime of money and hatred, adding that Miller was victimized in "the worst way."
Testimony at the trial revealed the couple smothered Miller then burned her body to conceal evidence and then dumped the body on Lacey Road in Caledonia in Livingston County.
During the trial, McCaffrey said Ozkaynak and Neverett were heavy drug users and killed Miller to get quick cash.