Hudson Valley man ‘viciously’ killed mother of his children

A man from the Hudson Valley murdered the mother of his children just days after Thanksgiving and hid her body in a shed.

Sullivan County District Attorney Meagan K. Galligan announced that Cedric Clarkson of Liberty, 50, had been sentenced to 22 years in prison for life in Sullivan County Court for his conviction for the murder of Jailyn Flecha, 30, end of November 2020.

Clarkson previously admitted that he killed Flecha in the Village of Liberty house the two shared with their children, beating her with a weapon on November 29, 2020. After the murder, Clarkson moved Flecha’s body to a shed behind the house.

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As part of his guilty plea, Clarkson waived his trial and appeal rights, officials said.

The Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office has joined with Flecha’s family and loved ones in saying no sentence can repair the damage caused by Clarkson’s actions. County Court Judge Jim Farrell ultimately sentenced Clarkson to 22 years in life, noting the deliberate and personal nature of Clarkson’s attack on the victim.

“This defendant devastated our community by brutally killing the mother of his children,” said Galligan. “I thank Jailyn’s family for standing up for her in court and caring for and raising her children. Jailyn leaves behind a legacy of love and friendship that cannot be extinguished even by the ruthless crime of this accused My office will continue to work with Jailyn’s family to ensure that she and our community are protected from this accused for the rest of her natural life.

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