Aubain sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison for killing grandmother, elderly landlord

Naythen Aubain was sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison Monday, after pleading guilty to killing his grandmother and their elderly landlord in 2019.

Posted: Apr 19, 2021 11:51 AM
Updated: Apr 21, 2021 10:15 AM

UTICA, N.Y. – Naythen Aubain, of Utica, was sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison Monday, after pleading guilty to killing his grandmother and their elderly landlord in 2019. 

After several months of psychiatric evaluations and reviews, Aubain pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter in January. He faced 7 1/2 to 15 years on each count.

Brent Kearney // WKTV

He had initially pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and attempted murder in March of 2019.

Aubain killed 90-year-old Katherine Aubain and 87-year-old Jane Wentka in Utica in January of 2019. Katherine’s body was found in Clayville, and Wentka’s was located in her Utica apartment.

Both the prosecution and defense agreed Aubain was experiencing acute psychosis during the killings, brought on by drug use. The prosecutor held this was a result of Aubain's own actions, and claimed he was still aware of the consequences of his actions.

A member of the Aubain family spoke at the sentencing hearing, saying Naythen didn't get the treatment he needed before committing these crimes.

Aubain also spoke at the hearing, saying he was sorry for his actions, adding that he one day hopes to help kids suffering from mental health issues.

Assistant District Attorney Michael Coluzza read a letter from Wentka's daughter, saying she was terrified of the thought of Naythen one day getting released.

"We feel this was a rigorous prosecution and an appropriate sentence. The crime is horrific however there were additional circumstances at play. We feel that this sentence. This is the maximum as to the highest charge that we could've proven beyond a reasonable doubt,"said Coluzza.

Aubain's defense attorney stating his client is remorseful about what he did,

"I think he feels worse about it than the people that lost someone because I think he really cared for those people as much as he said he did," said Adam Tyksinksi.

Aubain will now be taken to state prison to begin his sentence.

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