MAYVILLE – Convicted murderer Anthony “Rob” Taglianetti II received a 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, remained stonefaced throughout the proceedings, refusing to make any statement 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. Reed’s older brother, Kevin, called Taglianetti a coward from one of the back rows.
Chautauqua County District Attorney, David Foley, commented afterward, saying he was 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. Hopefully, this brings some closure to a community that held Mr. Reed in very high esteem.”
Public Defender Nathaniel Barone said Taglianetti had instructed him to file an appeal, a process he estimates will begin by next week.
“We believe there is great merit to an appeal,” Barone said. “There are a number of issues … issues during trial, issues before trial … trial practice, trial procedures, objections during trial … there are literally a thousand different issues that the appellate attorney needs to look at.”
Barone made an early objection during the proceedings, stating that the defense had not seen all the statements provided by the probation department during the pre-sentencing phase. Ward overruled the objection, saying these recommendations had no influence on the sentence.
Court proceedings lasted approximately 30 minutes, beginning with Reed’s daughter, Katelynn Olin, making an impassioned statement about her father.
Poignantly, she retold a speech her father had given to a Red Cross gathering in which he described a motorcycle accident that nearly claimed his life in 2008.
According to Reed, if not for a few chance occurrences or “a series of miracles,” he would have likely died. Olin accused Taglianetti of taking away her father’s chances this time around, calling him selfish and a cowardly man.
She punctuated her remarks by stating that a life sentence for Taglianetti would mirror the life sentence given to her and her family after her father’s death.
Reed’s family members gathered, teary-eyed, outside the courtroom following the sentencing. An emotional Kevin Reed spoke for the family, describing his brother’s death as having a profound impact on several families.
“Twenty or 30 families are never going to be the same because of one man’s inability to control himself,” Reed said. “My parents (lost a son), the girls lost a dad … (and) the community has lost a leader.”
The sentencing brings at least a temporary end to a dramatic story of sex, lies, jealousy and revenge that culminated in murder and a subsequent 10-day trial last fall.
Prosecutors, after bringing forth countless witnesses and forensics experts, were able to piece together a narrative that showed Taglianetti becoming enraged about an online affair between Reed and his wife, Mary. He subsequently drove 350 miles from his home in Woodbridge, Va., to Clymer and shot Reed three times at his home.