The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

March 9, 2013

Former Ashtabula County man will be sentenced for murder

AUBURN, N.Y. — A former Ashtabula County resident will be sentenced next month after admitting he strangled his estranged girlfriend in her Auburn, N.Y., home, in 2011, reportedly while their small child slept a short distance away, according to news reports.

David McNamara, 35, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in a Cayuga County, N.Y., court last month, and is scheduled to be sentenced on April 23, syracuse.com reported. He is facing 20 years to life in prison, according to the website.

McNamara is a 1995 graduate of Pymatuning Valley High School, according to reports.

The body of Katie Socci, 29, a nurse who worked at a Syracuse, N.Y., hospital, was found on the west side of Auburn on June 15, 2011. McNamara, ex-boyfriend of Socci and father of her young child, was the only suspect, Chris Valdina, assistant district attorney, told syracuse.com.

The motive Valdina told syracuse.com, was “romantic jealousy.”

In the fall of 2011, McNamara was sentenced to five years in prison and two years of post-release supervisor after pleading guilty to charges of criminal possession of a forged instrument and criminal sale of a controlled substance, according to reports.

McNamara and Socci met several years ago while both were nurses in Rochester, N.Y., syracuse.com reported. At one point, the pair were planning to be married, according to reports.

1
Text Only
Local News
Ashtabula County Alive
July 4 Celebrations 2014
Summer off to Big Start
Ashtabula County Flag Day 2014
Northeast Ohio Soap Box Derby 2014
Tour de State Line and Boating Season
Ashtabula County Memorial Day 2014
Sam Magill Sr. Memorial
Armed Forces Echo Taps 2014
Lakeside Loop Color Run
Keeping Ashtabula County Clean and Healthy
Canoe Race and Ashtabula Easter Events
The Taping of the Teacher: A sticky Sitation
18th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Geneva State Park
House Ads
AP Video
NDN Video
Famous Internet Cats Help Big Cause With Viral Video Raw: Obama Gets Hug From Special Olympian Snoop Dogg Narrating Animal Footage Is Perfect Tigers Acquire David Price - @TheBuzzeronFOX Russell Brand Slams Sean Hannity Over Gaza Conflict Segment Chapter Two: Composing for a film in retirement Woman's Dive Goes Terribly Wrong Brian Williams Reports on Daughter Allison Williams' 'Peter Pan' Casting News Did Jimmy Fallon Look Up Heidi Klum's Dress? What Drama? Miranda Kerr Poses Topless Plane crashes in San Diego Costco parking lot Justin Bieber Takes To Instagram To Diss Orlando Bloom You Won't Believe the Celeb Cameos in "Sharknado 2" Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza