Perry woman sentenced after killing former friend who dated ex-boyfriend

WARSAW, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Perry woman who admitted to murdering a former friend who was dating her ex-boyfriend was sentenced in court Thursday.

Kira Kastenhuber, 38, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in October.

While inside the Perry home of Desirae Withey, 33, this past February, Kastenhuber strangled, beat and stabbed the woman. Withey’s body was found by one of her children, who then told a neighbor what they saw.

The friendship between Withey and Kastenhuber, who were also co-workers, was over when the relationship between Withey and Kastenhuber’s ex-boyfriend began.

Before Kastenhuber was arrested at her mother’s Rochester home, police say she overdosed and left a suicide note that said she killed Withey.

Kastenhuber was sentenced to 15 years-to-life in prison. 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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