On January 26, 2024, Jahaad Ubrich was sentenced to twenty years of incarceration by Visiting County Court Judge Tatiana N. Coffinger, based on his conviction after trial in Schenectady County Court. Mr. Ubrich’s week-long trial began on August 30, 2023 and resulted in convictions of Burglary in the First Degree for causing a physical injury during the commission of the burglary, a class B violent felony in violation of New York State Penal Law section 140.30 (2), Burglary in the Second Degree, a class C violent felony in violation of New York State Penal Law section 140.25 (2), Assault in the Third Degree, a class A misdemeanor in violation of New York State Penal Law section 120.00 (1), and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A misdemeanor in violation of New York State Penal Law section 260.10 (1). The jury acquitted Mr. Ubrich of Burglary in the First Degree for possessing a dangerous instrument, two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, two counts of Menacing in the Second Degree, and one count of Obstructing Governmental Administration in the Second Degree.
Mr. Ubrich was convicted of carrying out a planned, violent assault of his former intimate partner and the mother of two of his children. In the early morning hours of July 17, 2022, Mr. Ubrich coaxed a homeless person to knock on the back door of the Victim’s apartment asking for redeemable cans. After the Victim opened the door, Mr. Ubrich burst into the apartment and began punching the Victim in the face while she was protecting their four-month-old son, who was held tightly in her arms during the attack. Mr. Ubrich was inside the Victim’s apartment, beating the Victim, for roughly 10 minutes, until members of the Schenectady Police Department arrived. Mr. Ubrich fled out the back door of the apartment and was found in the area shortly after the police arrived on scene.
The Victim was treated by members of the Schenectady Fire Department, providers at Ellis Hospital, and at WellNow Urgent Care. During the attack, Mr. Ubrich fractured the Victim’s nose and gave her lacerations to the head and arm, leaving her bloodied.
Mr. Ubrich was sentenced to twenty years of incarceration, to run consecutively to an unrelated sentence he is serving for weapons possession, with an additional five years of post-release supervision. The Court also issued a thirty-two year long order of protection for the Victim and her then four-month old son. In her comments during sentencing, Visiting County Court Judge Coffinger specifically commented on the body camera video of the first responding officer, describing it as evidence which was both chilling and compelling.
Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney stated: “The Victim in this case endured abuse during the entirety of their relationship. We thank her for steadfastly working with us to expose the Defendant’s conduct, earning him a prison sentence which will appropriately reflect the abuse he inflicted upon her as well as the criminal history he has already accumulated at a fairly young age.”
The case was tried by Assistant District Attorney Eric J. Weinhold of the Special Victim’s Bureau. Mr. Ubrich was represented by attorney Shawn Duhaney. Visiting County Court Judge Tatiana N. Coffinger, the elected Hamilton County Court Judge, presided over the trial.