Man Sentenced In Superintendent Killing To Appeal Conviction Next Month

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ROCHESTER – The man sentenced in the 2012 death of Clymer School Superintendent Keith Reed is appealing his conviction.

According to the New York State Fourth Department Appellate Court calendar, representatives of Anthony Taglianetti are scheduled to appear before the Rochester based court on Tuesday, February 18.

In November 2013, a jury convicted the then 43-year-old of second-degree murder in the death of Reed, who headed the 440-student Clymer Central School District.

Prosecutors argued that Taglianetti drove 350 miles to shoot Reed in the back and chest.

During the trial, then District Attorney David Foley told jurors that Taglianetti was driven to kill by a sexually explicit email he discovered between his wife, Mary, and Reed. The two had a brief physical relationship in 2010 when the Taglianettis were estranged and had renewed their acquaintance online.

After arriving in rural Clymer, Taglianetti first went to the Clymer school building in search of Reed. When he learned Reed was not there, Taglianetti went to the home where Reed lived alone and shot him three times. The 51-year-old’s body was found more than two days later after his failure to show up at a professional conference raised alarms.

Taglianetti, an oral historian at the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Va., was arrested eight days after the shooting near a campsite in Virginia. The handgun used to kill Reed was wrapped in a printout of the explicit August 2012 email.

Reed’s body was discovered by Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office personnel after a missing person’s report was filed the previous day.


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  1. This man does not deserve to appeal any decision! He took the life of a man that will never get to see his grandchildren grow up and had a full lifetime ahead of him. As far as I’m concerned Taglianelli can rot in jail! Stop wasting taxpayers money!

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