Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel E. Abelove announced today that the Appellate Division, Third Department, reversed the County Court’s decision dismissing the jury’s verdict of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide in the First Degree, a Class B felony, of Brendan M. Hoffman, age 23, rendered April 25, 2014. Hoffman was sentenced to five to fifteen (5) to (15) years for Vehicular Manslaughter in the First Degree, a Class C Felony for a drug and alcohol fueled crash that killed an RPI physics student. The defendant is now facing up to twenty five (25) years in prison for the Aggravated Vehicular Homicide conviction.
Hoffman’s convictions stem from a June 28, 2012, single-vehicle accident on Cranston Road in Stephentown in which Christopher Baker, 24, was killed when he was ejected from the car. Hoffman was picked up from the scene in a private car and later turned himself in to authorities.
Abelove said, “I’m glad the Appellate Division affirmed what my office has maintained all along, upholding the jury’s verdict. I’m also glad that the Baker family has received justice for Christopher.”