Man gets 14-year prison term for Waterford standoff

A Cohoes man was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Monday, after earlier pleading guilty to injurin
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A Cohoes man was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Monday, after earlier pleading guilty to injuring his daughter’s mother during a burglary that turned into an armed standoff in Waterford last year.

Rashann Hunt, 37, of Orchard Street, Cohoes, was sentenced by acting Saratoga County Court Judge Matthew J. Sypnieski following a guilty plea in May to first-degree burglary. In addition to prison time, he will serve five years’ post-release supervision.

Police said that on Sept. 1, 2014 — last Labor Day — Waterford police received a 911 call from a downstairs neighbor after Hunt’s 8-year-old daughter knocked on the door and said “her daddy was hurting her mommy.”

The woman suffered serious injuries, but she and her daughter were able to flee before police arrived.

Two responding Waterford officers, Craig Fifield and Timothy Williams, were confronted by Hunt waving what appeared to be a pistol. Fifield suffered a broken arm hile taking cover.

A 12-hour standoff ensued, during which Hunt threatened to take his own life if police tried to enter the apartment. Several neighboring residences were evacuated.

With Waterford police, Cohoes police, the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department and state police all involved, Hunt surrendered after hours of negotiation.

The day before the standoff, Hunt had come to the apartment with a knife, police said, and held the woman and her daughter hostage for nearly 10 ours. They escaped, and efforts to apprehend Hunt were unsuccessful.

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