Judge sentences Taglianetti 25 years to life

CLYMER, N.Y. (WIVB) – Anthony “Rob” Taglianetti learned his sentence Monday morning in a crowded, emotion-packed courtroom for the murder of Clymer Superintendent Keith Reed.

Chautauqua County Judge John Ward sentenced Taglianetti to 25 years to life sentence, telling him, “The evidence that you committed this cowardly act is overwhelming. You devastated not only a family, but a community. It is my fervent hope that you never see the light of day as a free man again.”

Though the sentencing marked the end of the legal case, the story is hardly ending for Reed’s family. Taglianetti shot the superintendent in September 2012 after driving from Virginia to the southern tier. Taglianetti had learned of explicit e-mails between his wife and Reed.

“You know, we try, as prosecutors, to make sure that we serve justice. I think it was. But as I told the family, nothing is going to bring Keith Reed back,” Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley said.

Before his sentencing Monday, Taglianetti declined to say anything to the court. But Reed’s family had plenty to say to his convicted killer.

Katelynn Olin, Reed’s daughter, said, “He will never meet his future grandchildren. This is what saddens me the most. My dad often talked about when my sisters and I would have children of our own, and I know that he would have been the best, most involved grandfather imaginable.”

She went on to say Taglianetti’s “selfish, downright evil decision” to take her father’s life left her family with a life sentence of grief.

Reed’s brother, Kevin Reed, said, “There’s not closure. This goes on for us. And hopefully it will go on for Rob Taglianetti and he’ll die a nice, slow, institutional death.”

Over and over, Reed’s relatives used the word “coward” referring to Taglianetti; Kevin Reed shouted it at him as he was led out of the courtroom.

“He ambushed my brother. He murdered him in cold blood. And he’s a coward. He claims to be some wonderful Marine; he’s a disgrace to the uniform,” Reed said.

Foley added, “It’s a tragedy, any way you look at it. And I think that Keith’s daughter said it wonderfully, when she indicated that really this is all about just a coward acting out, on his own, to take the life of another.”

Taglianetti’s attorney, Ned Barone, says he plans to appeal the conviction. Though he declined to say on what grounds, he has made reference to procedural issues before, during and after the trial.

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