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Psycho For Love: Thomas Clayton hired Michael Beard and Mark Blandford to kill his wife, Kelley Clayton

Kelley Clayton

Timeline of Kelley Clayton Murder Case
Former minor league hockey player charged with killing wife in upstate New York
UPDATE: Second arrest made in Kelley Clayton homicide investigation
Third suspect named in Kelley Clayton murder case
Former hockey player charged with his wife’s murder after she was found dead ‘with severe trauma to the face’ in their home
DA: Clayton tried to contact children
Clayton Trial Day 6: Mark Blandford Testifies
Mark Blandford takes the stand
CLAYTON TRIAL: Witnesses detail involvement with Beard
Thomas Clayton guilty of murder in wife’s death
Thomas Clayton Guilty on All Charges
Clayton gets life without parole for wife’s murder
Thomas Clayton Gets Max Sentence For Orchestrating Wife’s Murder
Attorneys, Family React After Thomas Clayton Gets Maximum Sentence Allowed
Beard gets life in prison for murder of Kelley Clayton
A Closer Look at the Thomas Clayton Trial
Dateline to tell Clayton story
NBC’s Dateline to Feature Kelley Stage Clayton Murder Case
Blandford gets 3-6 years for role in Clayton murder

Dateline: Preview: The House in the Woods

Thomas Clayton – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
Michael Beard – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
Mark Blandford – pled guilty to manslaughter, sentenced to 3-6 years in prison

Thomas Clayton and Mark Blandford


Identifying and Location Information
As of 03/24/17
DIN (Department Identification Number) 17A0879
Date of Birth 02/25/1971
Race / Ethnicity BLACK
Custody Status IN CUSTODY
Housing / Releasing Facility DOWNSTATE
Date Received (Original) 02/28/2017
Date Received (Current) 02/28/2017
County of Commitment STEUBEN
Latest Release Date / Type (Released Inmates Only)

Crimes of Conviction
Class A1

Class A1

Sentence Terms and Release Dates
Under certain circumstances, an inmate may be released prior to serving his or her minimum term and before the earliest release date shown for the inmate.
As of 03/24/17
Aggregate Minimum Sentence LIFE Years, 99 Months, 99 Days
Aggregate Maximum Sentence LIFE Years, 99 Months, 99 Days
Earliest Release Date LIFE
Earliest Release Type
Parole Hearing Date
Parole Hearing Type FULL MAXIMUM
Parole Eligibility Date 99/99/9999
Conditional Release Date NONE
Maximum Expiration Date LIFE
Maximum Expiration Date for Parole Supervision
Post Release Supervision Maximum Expiration Date
Parole Board Discharge Date


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