Woman, 19, sentenced in Irving fatal stabbing case

The first of two sentencings in the 2012 manslaughter case of 20-year-old Jesse Seneca of Irving took place Wednesday morning in Erie County Court in Buffalo.

According to the court clerk’s office, a former Silver Creek woman, 19, was handed down one to three years for second-degree conspiracy and one to three years each for two counts of first-degree hindering prosecution. The sentences will run concurrently.

The female’s name was withheld by the court since the judge, Justice Penny Wolfgang, ruled to grant her request of youthful offender status. She was 18 at the time of the incident.

The woman pleaded guilty to all three counts of her indictment in late February. She was indicted in December after being extradited from Arizona.

Seneca’s body was found near a dirt road off Brant Reservation Road on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation in July 2012. Authorities say Seneca’s half-brother, Cody Testerman, 23, actually stabbed Seneca to death, while the female helped bury the body, hide evidence and provide false testimony to police.

The court clerk’s office said Testerman’s sentencing has been rescheduled for April 17 after being delayed last month. He previously pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in July 2012.

Both Testerman and the woman faced up to 25 years in prison if convicted by a jury, and if the woman was tried as an adult.

Erie County Assistant District Attorney Gary Hackbush previously stated the woman and Testerman drove to Seneca’s Irving home the night before the killing. Testerman and Seneca left the house early the next morning and Testerman subsequently stabbed Seneca to death in an open field.

There is still no word on what motive the woman and Testerman had in killing Seneca. Hackbush did not return a call Wednesday.

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