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Former Jackal's Hockey Player, convicted of murdering his wife, appeals conviction

BATH, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - Thomas Clayton, former Elmira Jackal's Hockey Player, who is behind bars in connection to the murder of his wife, appealed the conviction. 

Rochester attorney Brian Shiffrin, who is handling Clayton's case, filed 136 pages of briefs arguing the evidence leading to his conviction was legally insufficient. The paperwork will be forwarded to the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court, Fourth Department in Rochester, where a panel of judges will consider written briefs filed by attorneys and entertain oral arguments at a hearing.

In February of 2017, A Steuben County Court Jury found Clayton guilty of murder of his wife, Kelley Clayton. 

Chemung County District Attorney Weeden Wetmore, acting as special prosecutor, said Clayton conspired with a former employee to kill his wife for $10,000. Kelley was beaten to death in their home in the Town of Caton, in September 2015. 

The case drew national attention. Clayton is now serving life in prison without parole at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, New York.


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