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DA: Man pleads guilty in 2018 Colonie salon attack

DA: Man pleads guilty in 2018 Colonie salon attack

Estranged wife suffered life-threatening injuries
DA: Man pleads guilty in 2018 Colonie salon attack
Denise Caulfield in a photo used on her GoFundMe campaign; Background: Friends and well-wishers at a Sept. fundraiser for her

COLONIE -- The man accused in the attempted murder of his estranged wife at a Colonie salon in August pleaded guilty Thursday to the entire indictment against him, Albany County district attorney's officials said.

Thomas Caulfield, 52, of Colonie, faces up to 25 years in state prison at his July sentencing.

Caulfield pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted murder and other charges related to the Aug. 30 attack at the Beauty & Bliss salon on Aug. 30.

Caulfield, who also has had addresses in Scotia and Niskayuna, admitted to going to the salon and attacking his estranged wife Denise Caulfield, stabbing her repeatedly with a knife.

Thomas Caulfield (Colonie Police/Shutterstock)


She survived with the help of co-workers and strangers passing by, as well as life-saving surgery. The passers by became aware of the attack and pulled Thomas Caulfield off his wife and tended to her as paramedics responded.

She suffered stab wounds to her stomach, upper torso and arms, authorities said.

Denise Caulfield already had an order of protection against her estranged husband at the time of the attack. Violating the order was among the charges he pleaded guilty to on Thursday.

See also: Colonie salon attack: Statements tell story of horror and heroism, Sept. 20, 2018

The two passers by credited with stopping the attack were identified previously as Brian M. Hyra and Rotterdam resident Michael R. Gilmore. 

Thomas Caulfield is to be sentenced July 18. 

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