Chemung County District Attorney Weeden Wetmore was recently named the state’s Prosecutor of the Year.
The award, from the New York Prosecutors Training Institute (NYPTI), was presented last weekend in Lake Placid.
The award is based on nominations from colleagues, and according to the NYPTI, most of those mentioned Wetmore’s work as a special prosecutor in Steuben County, securing three convictions in the brutal 2015 murder of Kelley Clayton.
Wetmore said that work wouldn’t have been possible without the support of everyone in his office.
In particular, he thanked Assistant District Attorney Susan Rider-Ulacco.
“Without her, I wouldn’t have been able to do all the work in Steuben County,” he said.
Rider-Ulacco worked closely with Wetmore on the cases surrounding the Clayton murder, and was with him in court every day.
“I would (also) like to thank the rest of my staff, including the support staff and secretaries, as well as the assistant district attorneys who had to handle the workload here in Chemung County,” Wetmore said. “Without the cooperative effort of everyone on the team, we wouldn’t have accomplished what we did in Steuben, because I would have been worried about what was going on back here.”
The Prosecutor of the Year, Trial Advocacy Award, is given to a district attorney who has demonstrated dynamic trial skills, leadership and selfless dedication to criminal prosecution in the Empire State, NYPTI officials said.
“District Attorney Weeden Wetmore is an extremely hard-working prosecutor who has tried more than 200 cases to verdict in…
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