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Elizabeth Callahan

Callahan admits to killing wife

Callahan admits to killing wife
as part of plea to forgo new trial

By GREG KLEIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Casey Callahan stands to await resentencing Monday, May 3, in Otsego County Court in Cooperstown. Callahan pleaded guilty to manslaugher in the 2000 death of his wife, Elizabeth Welsh. His 2017 conviction in the case was overturned last year. (Greg Klein/AllOTSEGO.com)

Casey Callahan pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the second degree Monday, May 3, in Otsego County Court, ending, for the second time, the criminal proceeding concerning the 2000 death of Callahan’s wife Elizabeth Welsh Callahan.

Callahan, 54, admitted Monday that he backed over his wife with his truck in Sayre, Pennsylvania in 2000, killing her. He told Judge John Lambert, “I intended to cause the death of Elizabeth Callahan and I did so with my actions. I am sorry that it happened. I apologize to her and her family.”

Callahan will serve four to 12 years in state prison, but the term is consecutive, or in addition, to 12.5 year sentence he is currently serving in a state facility for a 2013 sexual assault of a minor.

Callahan Trial Date Set For March

Callahan Trial Date

Set For March 27

Casey Callahan

COOPERSTOWN – Casey Callahan is scheduled to go to trial on March 27 in the alleged murder of his wife, Elizabeth, according to District Attorney John Muehl.

He was charged last June with her murder, which Muehl believes was planned in Otsego County. Callahan is currently serving 12 1/2 years at the Attica Correctional Facility for a conviction on criminal sexual act in the first degree.

‘WE’LL GET LIZZY HER DAY IN COURT’

COLD-CASE PRESS CONFERENCE

‘WE’LL GET LIZZY

HER DAY IN COURT’

'We'll get Lizzy her day in court," Otsego County District Attorney John D. Muehl tells a 1 p.m. press conference with the family of Elizabeth Welsh Callahan, whose husband Casey has been charged with murder, second degree, in her 2000 death. She was run over by her husband's 18-wheeler in a rest stop in Sayre, Pa., but the case was ruled an accident. Seated at right are Patrick Welsh, her brother, Dolores Lawton, her sister, and Marie Valentine, another sister. Gary Wickham, in red shirt, is Elizabeth's brother-in-law. Casey Callahan was arraigned Monday in Otsego County Court, but was returned to Attica, where he is serving time for another crime. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
‘We’ll get Lizzy her day in court,” Otsego County District Attorney John D. Muehl tells a 1 p.m. press conference with the family of Elizabeth Welsh Callahan, whose husband Casey has been charged with murder, second degree, in her 2000 death. She was run over by her husband’s 18-wheeler in a rest stop in Sayre, Pa., but the case was ruled an accident. Seated at right are Patrick Welsh, her brother, Dolores Lawton, her sister, and Marie Valentine, another sister. Gary Wickham, in red shirt, is Elizabeth’s brother-in-law.  All are Goodyear Lake residents.  Casey Callahan was arraigned Monday in Otsego County Court, but was returned to Attica, where he is serving time for another crime. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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