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DA: Man sentenced in strangulation murder of city woman; Given 19 years to life

Budhnarain Kadar (Credit - Schenectady County District Attorney, inset; Shutterstock, background)

Budhnarain Kadar (Credit - Schenectady County District Attorney, inset; Shutterstock, background)

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SCHENECTADY – The man who admitted in September to the 2019 strangulation murder of his intimate partner was sentenced Thursday to 19 years to life in state prison.

Budhnarain Kadar, 42, pleaded guilty earlier to one count of second-degree murder in the Sept. 18, 2019 death of Marian Singh at the 856 Maplewood Ave. apartment that they shared.

Kadar, also known as Danny Kadar, admitted then to killing Singh at the residence. Singh, 35, was also known as Marian Loftis.

Kadar then hid hid blood-soaked clothes in a bedroom closet inside the apartment and then fled the city in his truck, prosecutors said.

Singh’s 14-year-old daughter then found her body, prosecutors said.

Kadar accepted the September plea deal directly from Judge Kathleen Hogan and the agreement included the sentence of 19 years to life.

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Hogan then imposed that sentence Thursday after hearing victim impact statements from three members of Singh’s family, prosecutors said.

“Strangling someone to death is not an impulsive crime,” Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney said Thursday in a statement. “It’s a sadistic act that takes determination and time. Fleeing the community, leaving his victim to be found by her 14-year-old daughter, is the act of a coward.

“Domestic violence takes a terrible toll on society and I encourage anyone who is in an abusive relationship to reach out for help to the counselors at the YWCA domestic violence program,” Carney added.

After Kadar fled the murder scene, police soon tracked his movements to Pennsylvania using cell phone location technology and EZ-Pass records, prosecutors said.

The day after the killing, Kadar spoke with others in a series of phone calls and made admissions to the murder, prosecutors said. Schenectady Police detectives recorded the phone calls, prosecutors said.

Schenectady Police and members of other departments ultimately took Kadar into custody Sept. 20, 2019, two days after the murder.

Singh’s death at the hands of Kadar came more than two years after a domestic incident where Singh told police Kadar had threatened her life, records previously showed.

Kadar was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Christina Tremante and John J. Carson. Kadar was represented by attorney Brian Mercy.

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