Taglianetti Sentenced To 25 Years To Life In Prison

MAYVILLE – Convicted murderer Anthony “Rob” Taglianetti II received the maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison Monday in Chautauqua County Court.

Taglianetti, 43, who was convicted of murdering Keith Reed Jr., former Clymer Central Schools superintendent in September 2012, refused to make any statements before Judge John T. Ward read aloud his sentence shortly after 10:30 a.m.

“It is my hope that you never see the light of day again as a free man,” Ward said to Taglianetti, describing the evidence against him as “overwhelming.”

Taglianetti, handcuffed and dressed in black and white prison garb, sauntered out of the courtroom amidst a flood of emotions from the gallery, including Reed’s older brother, Kevin, who called Taglianetti a coward.

Chautauqua County District Attorney, David Foley, commented afterward that he was very satisfied with the outcome.

“(The sentencing) is what we were looking for. It’s the most he can receive under murder of the second degree,” he said. “Nothing is going to bring Keith Reed back; I can’t make that happen … but what we can do is make sure (Taglianetti) gets the sentencing he deserves under the penal law.”

Public Defender Nathaniel Barone said Taglianetti has instructed him to file an appeal, a process he estimates will begin by next week.

Court proceedings lasted approximately 30 minutes, beginning with Reed’s daughter, Katelynn, making a statement to the court in which she described her father as a “loving, caring, compassionate” man whose death has affected countless people.

She punctuated her remarks by stating that a life sentence for Taglianetti would mirror the life sentence given to her and her family without her father.