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Posted on: January 12, 2022


Troy, NY –Rensselaer County District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly announced today that James White, 42, of Schenectady was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his role in the deaths of two women and two children in Lansingburgh.

White was convicted by a trial jury on December 8, 2021 of 9 counts of Murder in the First Degree; 4 counts of Murder in the Second Degree; and single counts of Burglary in the First Degree; Robbery in the First Degree; and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fifth Degree.

“The defendant tried to claim he was not the killer, yet the evidence traces him from Schenectady to Troy and back again with the victim’s belongings,” said District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly. “James White and Justin Mann robbed them and then took their lives with an expectation of not being caught. The cowardice of James White displaying no remorse is troubling.”

“The landscape of the criminal justice system may be changing around us, but our office is committed to justice for the victims of crime in Rensselaer County,” added Donnelly.

The Troy Police Department and the New York State Police investigated after the victims were first discovered on December 26, 2017. Chief Assistant District Attorney Matt Hauf and Executive Assistant District Attorney Cheryl McDermott presented the case in Rensselaer County.

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