Approximately a month ago a young father pleaded guilty to murdering the young mother of his child. Today the young father, 36-year-old Rashad Edwards, appeared in court and received his sentencing.

According to CBS News 6, Rensselar County District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly, Rashad Edwards pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree Murder, and one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon.

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According to police reports Edwards repeatedly stabbed the mother of his child, Brianna Haughton, and she remained in her apartment until officers discovered her body after performing a wellness check for her. The entire incident occurred in front of the couple’s young child.

Today Edwards appeared in court and he received the maximum sentence.
He has been sentenced to 23 years to life for Murder and 3 1/2 to 7 years for the Criminal Possession of a Weapon.

District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly was pleased with the sentencing. She said, “Richard Edwards will remain in prison for murdering this young mother. This act of domestic violence was a particularly brutal crime carried out in the presence of a child. We thank the officers of the Troy Police Department who worked diligently with the Capital Region Crime Analysis Center as well as NYS. These agencies, and in particular these officers, worked around the clock in order to seek justice and bring closure to the family of Brianna Haughton. This result would not have been possible without their efforts.”

This is a sad story for both of their families. Mr. Edwards will spend a long time in jail, and his loved ones will be affected by his absence. Ms. Hobson’s family will never see her alive again, that’s the ultimate sacrifice. The poor child lost both of his parents that day and will have to grow up without them.

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