On January 25, 2022, a Schenectady County Grand Jury handed up an indictment charging Nelson Patino of 6826 Duanesburg Road in the Town of Duanesburg with six counts in connection with the stabbing deaths of his wife Sor Alexandra Bustamante Gomez and his five-year old son Jacob Patino at their home on December 2, 2021. Mr. Patino has been charged with one count of Murder in the First Degree for intentionally killing his wife while also causing the death of his son through intentional conduct as part of the same criminal transaction. He is also charged with two counts of Murder in the Second Degree for intentionally causing the death of each of his victims. He is charged in a fourth count of Attempted Murder for attempting to cause the death of his two-year old son Anthony Patino. In a fifth count Mr. Patino is charged with Assault in the Second Degree for causing physical injury to Anthony Patino with a dangerous instrument. The sixth count is also a charge of Assault in the Second Degree for intentionally causing physical injury to a child less than seven years old.
Schenectady County District Attorney Robert M. Carney stated: “The first responders, including police and paramedics, that entered this residence in response to Mr. Patino’s own 911 call reporting what he had done, will long remember the horrific sight they encountered and their ultimately futile efforts to save two lives. We should remember that we send our first responders into situations of danger, but also into incidents that can be traumatic, and we appreciate their willingness to do this vitally important work for the community. I can at least report that two-year old Anthony is in the custody of loving relatives who have expressed a desire to make a home for him.”
An indictment is merely a formal accusation and as such the defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence and is accorded all of the rights of anyone accused of a crime, including the right to a fair trial to determine his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case has been assigned to Schenectady County Court Judge Matthew Sypniewski and has been scheduled for arraignment on February 17, 2022. Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Christina Tremante-Pelham is handling the case for the prosecution. The defendant is represented by Stephen Rockmacher. For further information contact Assistant District Attorney Tremante-Pelham at 518-388-4364 x 4723.