Man serving life sentence for killing a State Trooper dies in prison

State News

CLINTON, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – Almond Upton, the man convicted for killing New York State Trooper Christopher Skinner in 2014, has died in prison.

He was pronounced dead at 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 9.

Upton’s official cause of death will be released pending an autopsy. 

Upton was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder. Prosecution says he intentionally ran down and killed Skinner while he was conducting a traffic stop on I-81 in Broome County.

He told police during an interrogation that he aimed his truck at Skinner and “zeroed him in.”

Upton was also listed as deceased in the New York State inmate lookup. 

He was being held in the Clinton Correctional Facility. 

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