DUANESBURG – The Duanesburg man accused of murdering his wife and 5-year-old son and trying to kill his 2-year-old child has now been indicted on charges that, upon conviction, could put him in prison for the rest of his life, without the possibility of parole.
Nelson D. Patino, 47, now faces a six-count indictment charging him with first-degree murder and other crimes, the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.
The first-degree murder charge accuses him in the stabbing deaths of his wife Sor Alexandra Bustamante Gomez and his 5-year-old son Jacob Patino at their 6826 Duanesburg Road home Dec. 1, officials said.
The top count carries a possible sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole, if convicted.
Patino also faces separate second-degree murder counts in the deaths, charges that would, on their own, each carry potential sentences of up to 25 years to life in prison.
He faces one count of attempted murder, accused of trying to kill his 2-year-old son Anthony Patino. That charge carries up to 25 years in prison, upon conviction. Patino also faces two additional felony assault counts related to injuries inflicted on the 2-year-old, prosecutors said.
State police responded to the residence at 6826 Duanesburg Road at about 9:15 p.m. that night after a man contacted police saying that he had stabbed his family, state police said.
Troopers and sheriff’s deputies then arrived and took the caller, identified as Patino, into custody. Police then found three victims inside the home with apparent stab wounds.
The 5-year-old boy, Jacob Patino, a kindergartner at Duanesburg Elementary School, died at the scene. His mother was taken to Albany Medical Center, where she died of her wounds.
The 2-year-old boy, Anthony Patino, was taken to Albany Medical Center. He is now with relatives, officials said.
“The first responders, including police and paramedics, that entered this residence in response to Mr. Patino’s own 911 call reporting what he had done, will long remember the horrific sight they encountered and their ultimately futile efforts to save two lives,” Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney said in a statement Wednesday.
“We should remember that we send our first responders into situations of danger, but also into incidents that can be traumatic, and we appreciate their willingness to do this vitally important work for the community,” Carney continued.
“I can at least report that two-year-old Anthony is in the custody of loving relatives who have expressed a desire to make a home for him,” Carney concluded.
Nelson Patino is to be arraigned on the indictment next month in front of Judge Matthew Sypniewski.
Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Christina Tremante-Pelham is prosecuting. Patino is represented by attorney Stephen Rockmacher. Patino remains in custody.