Lloyd Neurauter pleaded guilty Friday in Steuben County Court to killing his ex-wife and co-ercing his daughter to help, according to the Steuben County District Attorney's Office.
The two were accused of killing of their ex-wife and mother, Michele Neurauter, who was found dead in her Corning home in August 2017. Police say it was staged to look like a suicide, but they later ruled it a homicide by strangulation.
Lloyd Neurauter admitted that he forced his then-19-year-old daughter Karrie to help plan and carry out the crime by threatening to kill himself.
The elder Neurauter said he killed his ex-wife after failing to gain custody of the pair's 14-year-old daughter and the financial burden of the divorce settlement they had reached.
He entered guilty pleas on charges of first-degree murder, custodial interference, and conspiracy. His sentencing is set for December 4, when he faces 25 years-to-life in prision.
Karrie Neurauter, who at the time was a student at RIT, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in March. She faces 15 years-to-life and is still awaiting sentencing.