Granville man who tried to kill girlfriend gets 17 years and tongue lashing from judge

September 15, 2017 07:08 PM

FORT EDWARD - He admitted to trying to kill his girlfriend, but Friday afternoon Jonathan Vilbrin said the punishment doesn't fit the crime.

There was shouting in a Washington County courtroom as the Granville man who pleaded guilty to trying to kill his girlfriend back in March downplayed the attack. 

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Vilbrin will spend 17 years behind bars for stabbing his girlfriend multiple times with a steak knife.

Last month, he admitted he waited outside the woman's home and ambushed her. 

Police say that if the knife hadn't broken, the victim's injuries would have been far worse. 

A victim's advocate read a statement from the woman, who said she could forgive Vilbrin for the physical injuries, but not the emotional scars. 

When Vilbrin got his turn to speak, he blamed his attorney and said the whole thing was overblown. 

"I'm basically going to jail for 17 years for an inch and a half hand laceration and a black eye is the reason I'm going to jail."

But Judge Kelly McKeighan became angry at Vilbrin's attempt to minimize what he'd already admitted to.

"You went there to do it. If a knife hadn't broken, you probably would've succeeded. When it didn't work you then started choking her, pounded her head off cement. So for you to sit here and say that nothing really like that happened and this is unfortunate you, this is pathetic and sad. You're lucky getting 17 years," the judge said.

"For a stab wound and a black eye, yeah," Vilbrin interrupted sarcastically.

The judge continued, "You really don't have a grasp on the facts of your situation, sir."

Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan said Vilbrin went to his girlfriend's home to attack her a day earlier, but when she didn't come out after several hours of waiting, he decided to return the following day.

Vilbrin told the court that he plans to appeal.


Mark Mulholland

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