BALLSTON SPA — A Malta man has been sentenced to 20 years in state prison for breaking into a female co-worker’s home last year and threatening her with a knife, District Attorney Karen Heggen said.
Jody Haynes, 36, was sentenced Monday by Saratoga County Judge James Murphy III. On May 1, a jury convicted him of felony burglary and misdemeanor possession of a weapon.
The jury found that Haynes obtained the co-worker's personal information, including her home address, before going there on June 7, 2016, and knocking on the door.
When the woman came to the door, he forced his way in, threatening her with a knife.
The woman talked Haynes into leaving and then went to the Malta state police barracks to report the crime.
Heggen said the judge sent a “strong message that this type of violent felony crime carries with it a significant sentence.” She said Haynes committed a similar offense in another state.
“This was not his first time dealing with the criminal justice system, and that is partly why the sentence is of such significance,” she said.
The sentence also came with five years of probation and an order of protection until June 2045. The maximum sentence Murphy could have imposed was 25 years.