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Man faces 14-year sentence in armed Waterford standoff

Man faces 14-year sentence in armed Waterford standoff

A Cohoes man faces up to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday in Saratoga County Court t

A Cohoes man faces up to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday in Saratoga County Court to injuring his daughter’s mother during a burglary that turned into an armed standoff with Waterford police last year.

Rashann Hunt, 37, of Orchard Street, Cohoes, pleaded guilty before acting County Court Judge Matthew J. Sypnieski to first-degree burglary. It was the top count on what had been a 28-count indictment against Hunt.

He is expected to be sentenced to 14 years in prison and five years of post-release supervision when he is sentenced June 15, according to District Attorney Karen A. Heggen.

Heggen’s office said that on Sept. 1, 2014 — 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 while 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.

Heggen praised the negotiating efforts of members of the Waterford Police Department and state police, in coordination with the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office and Cohoes Police Department.

“Law enforcement in this case worked very well together to prevent this incident from escalating beyond the injuries suffered by police and the victim,” Heggen said.

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 hours. They escaped, and efforts to apprehend Hunt were unsuccessful.

Assistant District Attorney Lyn A. Murphy, a domestic violence specialist, prosecuted the case.

“The victim in this matter acted courageously both in making sure she and her daughter did not suffer additional injuries and in cooperating with the prosecution of the defendant,” Murphy said.

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