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Former pro hockey player convicted of murder in Steuben County

A jury found a former professional hockey player guilty Thursday of hiring a hit man to kill his wife. Thomas Clayton lived in Steuben County, about 15 minutes outside of Elmira, with his wife and their two young children.

On September 29, 2015, Kelley Clayton was beaten to death. The former player for the Elmira Jackals arrived home that night and found his wife beaten dead. The couple’s children were still at home. Police later arrested Thomas, saying he had hired a man named Michael Beard to kill his wife. Beard was convicted last fall and is scheduled to be sentenced Monday.

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