BALLSTON SPA — A jury returned guilty verdicts against a 44-year-old man who strangled and kidnapped a woman in the woods in Day in 2020, Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen said in a statement.
Michael R. Zakrzewski of South Shore Road in Hadley was found guilty Thursday of all counts after a six-week jury trial.
He faces up to 25 years incarceration for the top charge of kidnapping in the second degree.
Zakrzewski will be sentenced on May 2 by Saratoga County Court Judge James A. Murphy III.
The jury found that Zakrzewski strangled and assaulted the woman on Nov. 30, 2020 at his home in the town of Day.
The victim escaped to a neighbor’s house and the police were called.
Becaise police were on their way, the victim went back to Zakrzewski’s house to get her belongings.
Zakrzewski forced the victim into the back of his car, abducted her to a wooded area and held her overnight to avoid the police.
After his arrest, Zakrzewski called the victim approximately 100 times, begging her not to testify and to tell law enforcement that she did not remember what happened, or to recant her story.
Zakrzewski was also convicted of two counts of strangulation in the second degree, and three counts of aggravated family offense, also felonies, and misdemeanor charges of unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, criminal contempt in the first degree, witness tampering in the fourth degree, and assault in the third degree two counts of criminal contempt in the second degree.
“This case highlights the challenges and difficulties often faced by victims of domestic violence – the victim was held against her will, suffered physical injuries at the hands of the defendant and was also repeatedly contacted by the defendant to not cooperate in the prosecution of this case,” Heggen said in a statement.
“With the good work of several members of the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, Assistant District Attorneys Meghan Horton and Andreanna Diliberto were able to methodically piece the evidence together for the jury.”
According to Heggen, Zakrzewski has three prior felony convictions and a history of domestic violence with at least three other women.
Contact reporter Brian Lee at [email protected] or 518-419-9766.