BALLSTON SPA — An Albany County man was sentenced to up to 12 years in state prison Tuesday for causing the mysterious death of a Stillwater man at a former motorcycle clubhouse in Stillwater in 2019.
The Saratoga County District Attorney’s office said Jack Jeffers, 25, of Voorheesville, was sentenced by Saratoga County Court Judge James A. Murphy III to four to 12 years in prison on a second-degree manslaughter charge, and nine years in prison — plus five years post-release supervision — for second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. The sentences will be served concurrently.
Jeffers pleaded guilty in County Court in January to recklessly causing the shooting death of Michael Ahern of Stillwater, whose disappearance under suspicious circumstances on or around Jan. 6, 2019, drew the intense interest of authorities, who conducted an extensive investigation that never turned up any human remains. Ahern was 42 at the time of his disappearance.
Ahern had been living at 16 Brickyard Road in Stillwater, the former clubhouse of the Rolling Pride Motorcycle Club. He wasn’t reported missing until concerned family and friends contacted authorities on Jan. 15, but hadn’t been seen since Jan. 6. Ahern hadn’t used his cellphone since Jan. 6, and law enforcement quickly came to believe he was the victim of foul play rather than leaving the area. His vehicles and dog were left behind.
Jeffers was also living at the former motorcycle clubhouse at the time. Both men had been part of the club, but the club had largely dissolved by the time Ahern was killed, according to sheriff’s investigators.
While the sheriff’s office issued a public plea for information on the disappearance, a separate hit-and-run crash provided a key break in the case.
Authorities said that on March 15, 2019, Jeffers was involved in a property damage accident in the town of Saratoga and left the scene. He was stopped in the town of Stillwater by the Stillwater Police Department, and found to have a loaded handgun. After months of investigation, police determined that gun had been used to kill Ahern, the district attorney’s office said.
An extensive two-year investigation that involved the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office and state police interviewing numerous witnesses and executing search warrants determined that the two men were alone at 16 Brickyard Road when Jeffers killed Ahern and removed the body. No motive has been provided other than to call it a “personal dispute.”
Jeffers was arrested and pleaded guilty to the charges on Jan. 25, 2021.
District Attorney Karen A. Heggen praised the tenacity of the Sheriff’s Office and state police major crimes, forensic identification and special investigations units in investigating the case. “Their tireless work brought about the conviction today of Jack Jeffers for the disappearance and death of Michael Ahern,” Heggen said.