Man found guilty of attempted murder in Saratoga County

Cendno Rahaman Cendno Rahaman |

June 07, 2019 07:39 PM

After a weeklong trial with testimony from 18 witnesses, a jury has found Cendno Rahaman gulity of attempted murder, assault, and tampering with evidence in an alcohol-fueled knife attack on three people on Caroline Street in Saratoga Springs last August.

Just as the judge was about to excuse the jury on Friday evening, a note was passed from the jury, asking for a readback on the definition of attempted murder.

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The jury was deciding if the 29-year-old Schenectady man was really trying to kill Jake Ponessi during a confrontation last summer on Caroline Street after the bars had closed.

There was pushing and shoving between Rahaman and his brother, and Ponessi and his girlfriend and a friend of theirs. However, according to prosecutors, Rahaman changed everything when he pulled a knife, chased after the three and attacked Ponessi and his girlfriend, Laura Gallo.

Ponessi got cuts and stab wounds.

Assistant District Attorney Charles Bucca says Rahaman would have killed Ponessi if others hadn't intervened.

Rahaman's attorney countered that the victims were lying by not telling the police the whole story – and he claimed Rahaman was too drunk to intentionally try to kill anyone.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 26.


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