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Former Niagara University hockey star convicted of murder

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Posted at 12:01 AM, Feb 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-24 00:01:43-05

A former star Niagara University hockey player has been found guilty of killing his wife as part of a murder-for-hire plot.

Thomas Clayton, 45, of Steuben County was arrested in 2015 after his wife was found beaten to death. Police arrested Thomas and another man, Michael Beard. They alleged Clayton hired Beard to kill his 35-year-old wife Kelley. Both were charged with first- and second-degree murder.

According to ABC affiliate WENY in Elmira, Clayton was convicted on all charges Thursday. Beard was convicted of murder last November.

Clayton is set to be sentenced in May. He faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison without parole.