Friday, October 7, 2016

Wyoming County woman pleads guilty to murder

On Thursday, October 6, 2016, Kira Kastenhuber, 38, of Hope Street in Perry, pled guilty to Murder in the Second Degree admitting that she intentionally killed Desirae Withey, 33, of Borden Avenue, Perry.  This plea was part of a plea bargain where Ms. Kastenhuber will be sentenced to an indeterminate period of incarceration with a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of life in state prison.  Sentencing is scheduled for December 1, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.
This charge stems from an incident that occurred on or about February 6, 2016 at 84 Borden Avenue in the Village of Perry.  During the early morning hours of the 6th Kira Kastenhuber entered the victim’s residence as part of a preconceived plan to strangle and kill the victim.  On Saturday morning at approximately 9:30 a.m. a 911 call was made by a neighbor after one of the victim’s children had sought out the neighbor’s assistance.  At that point members of the Perry Police Department arrived at the Borden Avenue residence.  Upon arriving and surveying the scene, calls were made to the New York State Police, Wyoming County Child Protective Services, and the Wyoming County District Attorney’s Office for assistance. 
On Sunday, February 7, 2016, during the late morning hours the Rochester Police Department responded to a 911 call for a potential overdose of Ms. Kastenhuber.  She was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital and released on Monday, February 8, 2016 at approximately 5:00 p.m.   At that time she was taken into custody, processed and held in the Wyoming County Jail where she currently remains until sentencing.