Troy, NY- Rensselaer County District Mary Pat Donnelly announced today the sentencing of
Rashad Edwards, age 36, of Troy, NY in the 2019 stabbing death of Brianna Haughton of
Rensselaer County Court Judge Jennifer G. Sober sentenced Edwards to 23 years to life for the
charge of Murder in the Second Degree, a Class A-I Felony, and 3 1/2 to 7 years for Criminal
Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a Class “D” Felony. Since Edwards was a second
time felony offender, Sober enforced the maximum sentences.
Edwards, who was released on parole in connection with a previous charge, was arrested
following an investigation into the death of Brianna Haughton. Ms. Haughton’s body was found
on January 14, 2019 at 491 Pawling Avenue, Troy, after a welfare check by the Troy Police
Department. An extensive investigation revealed that Edwards had repeatedly stabbed Haughton
in the presence of their infant child.
“Rashad Edwards will remain in prison for murdering this young mother. This act of domestic
violence was a particularly brutal crime carried out in the presence of a child,” said DA Mary Pat
Donnelly. “We thank the officers of the Troy Police Department who worked diligently with the
Capital Region Crime Analysis Center as well as NYS Parole to secure the arrest of Rashad
Edwards. These agencies, and in particular these officers, worked around the clock in order to
seek justice and bring closure to the family of Brianna Haughton. This result would not have
been possible without their efforts.”
Assistant District Attorney Nicholas Dorando prosecuted the case.