Cattaraugus man sentenced for killing Salamanca elected officials

Sep 10, 2018

A man who fatally struck a retired Southern Tier couple in the town where they held elected offices has been sentenced to prison time.

Kevin Donaldson Jr., 28, of Cattaraugus was sentenced Monday in a Cattaraugus County court to 1 2/3 to five years in prison for the deaths of Michael and Donna Phillips.

The couple was walking across a road in front of their home in Salamanca last Dec. 15 when they were hit by a vehicle Donaldson was driving. He was charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter and later pleaded guilty.

Michael Phillips was Salamanca town supervisor and Donna Phillips was the town clerk. Police said they were headed to town hall when they were fatally struck.