Guilderland man sentenced to eight years in stabbing

— After pleading guilty to stabbing a Colonie man several times, Guilderland resident Elias K. Deligiannis was sentenced to eight years in State Prison, according to Albany County District Attorney David Soares.


Elias K. Deligiannis

Deligiannis, 33, was sentenced before Judge Peter Lynch in Albany County Court on Thursday, June 13. Deligiannis also was sentenced to five years of post-release supervision after leaving State Prison.

Colonie police on March 30 responded to a call reporting a stabbing at 17 Birch Tree Road. Police found 28-year-old Janell F. Schwanke covered in blood and attempting to leave the residence. Deligiannis also exited the home covered in blood and had facial injuries and a laceration to his hand, according to police. When police entered the home they found the homeowner Raymond Klein, 48, with at least seven stab wounds to his head, back and arms.

Klein was transported to Albany Medical Center for his injuries and was discovered to have a punctured lung from the altercation, which required surgery. Deligiannis was also taken to Albany Medical for his injuries and was later formally charged.

The knife used during the altercation was found in Schwanke’s purse, according to previous police reports. Schwanke was arrested for allegedly attempting to conceal and flee with the knife.

Deligiannis and Schwanke were dating and lived together in Guilderland when the incident occurred.

The three individuals had been out together earlier in the evening and returned to Klein’s home when an argument ensued. Deligiannis then produced a knife and stabbed Klein.

Deligiannis on May 2 pleaded guilty to attempted assault in the first degree, a violent felony.

Assistant District Attorney Matthew Hauf of the Major Crimes Unit handled the prosecution of Deligiannis’ case.

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