Saratoga County man gets 19 years to life behind bars for killing mother

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BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. – A Saratoga County man was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison for murdering his mother and burying her under the shed.

District Attorney Jim Murphy says 26-year-old Joshua McWain, of Greenfield, was sentenced in Saratoga County Court on Friday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder for killing his mother, 59-year-old Carol Stanford, after an argument at
their Daniels Road home. Murphy says McWain then buried his mother under
a shed on their property.

In court on Friday, family members of Stanford gave victim impact statements. Murphy says Stanford's family is relieved that her son has been held responsible for this tragic act.

Her body was discovered after a neighbor became concerned and asked
the Sheriff's Office to check on her welfare. McWain then admitted to
striking his mother with a floor buffer and burying
her body in a root cellar under his work shed.

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