Conway Says He 'Very Sorry' For Late Girlfriend's DeathPosted: Updated:
As expected, Michael Conway will serve more than 13 years in prison after admitting to killing his girlfriend three years ago.
At his sentencing in Jefferson County Court Friday, Conway took responsibility for the death of 56 year old Vicki Miller at their Cross Street home in Watertown in September 2015.
An autopsy showed Miller died of blunt force trauma to her head.
Conway was indicted on murder, manslaughter, assault and other charges.
In a surprise move the day after his trial date was set, Conway pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
In court Friday, Conway said he's "very sorry" and "didn't mean to cause her death at all."
His 13-and-a-half-year prison sentence was agreed to in the deal. He will also serve five years' post-release supervision.
"He did not mean to cause the death," said Michael Vavonese, Conway's defense attorney. "Given all of that, it's a sad situation, I think it's the appropriate disposition so he can pay for what occurred but also get on with his life sometime in the near future."
Conway, a former corrections officer, will serve his sentence in housing reserved for former law enforcement.