Perry woman admits to killing former friend dating ex-boyfriend

WARSAW, N.Y. (AP) — A Perry woman has pleaded guilty to murdering a former friend who was dating the killer’s boyfriend.

Prosecutors in Wyoming County say 38-year-old Kira Kastenhuber pleaded guilty Thursday to a second-degree murder charge in exchange for a sentence of 15 years to life in prison.

Authorities say Kastenhuber strangled, beat and stabbed 33-year-old Desirae Withey last February inside Withey’s home in the rural village of Perry, 35 miles southwest of Rochester. The victim’s body was found by one of her children, who alerted a neighbor.

The two women were former friends and co-workers whose friendship ended when Withey began dating Kastenhuber’s ex-boyfriend.

Kastenhuber was arrested at her mother’s home in Rochester, where Kastenhuber had overdosed and where police found a suicide note in which she admitted to the killing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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