Plea for Jeffrey Locker's killer delayed


Kenneth Minor, the Harlem resident who helped Woodmere resident Jeffrey Locker kill himself in 2008, was expected to plead guilty to a manslaughter charge on Aug. 25, but it was delayed until next month.

Manhattan State Supreme Court Justice Laura Ward, said she wanted additional legal briefs before ruling on the issues in the case. Minor had agreed to plead guilty to first-degree manslaughter on Aug. 19, according to his lawyer, Dan Gotlin. Minor would be sentenced to 12 years in prison.

He was convicted of second-degree murder in 2011 and sentenced to 20 years to life, but the conviction was overturned two years later based on incorrect instructions given to the jury by the judge during that trial.

Locker, a motivational speaker, was shown during the initial trial to be in substantial debt, and shortly before he was killed had purchased a $12 million life insurance policy and had a total of $18 million in life insurance. Neither policy would pay out for suicide.