Man found guilty of murdering College at Brockport student sentenced

Updated: 08/05/2014 6:36 PM
Created: 08/04/2014 5:00 AM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean

The man who killed a College at Brockport freshman is going to prison for a quarter of a century.

Clayton Whittemore got the maximum sentence Tuesday morning – 25 years to life in prison. He brutally beat to death his girlfriend, Alexandra Kogut, inside her dorm room just weeks after she started going to school.

 Kogut’s mother, father and sister were in court for Whittemore’s sentencing. Kogut’s mother, Becky, told the court she had premonitions about her daughter’s death, feeling the loss before she found out. She talked about how she’s been robbed of experiencing her daughter’s special life events like marriage and having children. Kogut also spoke about the domestic abuse that Whittemore allegedly suffered growing up. She called his extended family pure evil and said that Whittemore killed the wrong person. She told the court Whittemore’s family should go to prison with him.

We tried to speak with Mark Curley, Whittemore’s lawyer, after the sentencing to talk about some of the things Becky Kogut said in court. Curley told us, “No comment.”

Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley said, "She knows more about the family than I do certainly but I think what was very telling of Mrs. Kogut's compassion was her feelings for Clayton and how she wished she could have changed the outcome of all this but she couldn't."

Both families left the court without talking to us.

If you want to read some of the verbatim quotes from the sentencing, click here.

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