STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Utica man pleads guilty to killing grandmother, elderly landlord

Naythen Aubain has pleaded guilty to two counts of reckless manslaughter for killing his grandmother and elderly landlord in 2019.

Posted: Jan 15, 2021 11:34 AM
Updated: Jan 15, 2021 5:57 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – Naythen Aubain has pleaded guilty to two counts of reckless manslaughter for killing his grandmother and elderly landlord in 2019.

Aubain, 32, appeared in court Friday to enter his plea. He was originally charged with two counts of first-degree murder, and pleaded not guilty in March of 2019.

Earl Davis // WKTV

He faces 30 years maximum in prison, 7 1/2 to 15 years on each charge, to run consecutively.

"We have achieved what I believe to be convictions on the highest sustainable charges with the maximum imposable sentences," said prosecutor, Josh Bauer. "It is a veritable impossibility to convict someone of intentional murder when they commit that murder in the throes of an acute psychosis but there is absolutely criminal responsibility that should follow and attend crimes where the individual who commits those crimes is afflicted by a psychosis brought about by his own conduct."

Both the prosecution and defense have been reviewing Aubain's psychiatric evaluations for several months, and agree he was in the midst of a psychotic episode at the time of the crimes. However, the prosecution expert believes it was brought on by Aubain's own choices. And the prosecutor says Aubain was well aware of the potential, grave, consequences of those choices.

"Naythen Aubain was aware before the homicides at issue in this case even happened, that there was a substantial and an unjustifiable risk if he continued to use drugs, that he'd develop a psychosis and thereafter act out violently, which is exactly what happened here," said Bauer.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 25.

Aubain killed his grandmother Katherine Aubain, and 87-year-old landlord, Jane Wentka, in January of 2019. Katherine's body was found in Clayville, along with a dead dog, while Wentka's mutilated body was found in her apartment. 

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 2402248

Reported Deaths: 55131
CountyCasesDeaths
Kings31959210747
Queens30648510159
Suffolk2292863524
Nassau2078153259
Bronx2024086699
New York1625484608
Westchester1412202329
Erie998891887
Richmond859791908
Monroe787671157
Orange54852887
Rockland51090769
Onondaga46538722
Dutchess33960487
Albany28708369
Oneida26148553
Niagara22357385
Broome22102386
Saratoga18595191
Ulster16449272
Schenectady15434217
Rensselaer13483155
Putnam1192896
Chautauqua11190158
Oswego9862102
Chemung9277146
St. Lawrence9072119
Ontario864299
Steuben8633160
Cayuga8013101
Sullivan787982
Jefferson760171
Wayne709978
Cattaraugus683399
Genesee6176131
Herkimer6078117
Tompkins602459
Clinton583034
Madison549098
Fulton543398
Livingston526467
Montgomery5189133
Cortland489471
Warren476977
Columbia4719109
Tioga448467
Chenango424586
Otsego421351
Allegany407793
Washington403165
Greene401283
Wyoming395654
Orleans373584
Franklin364716
Lewis325236
Delaware313341
Seneca250659
Schoharie210320
Essex197729
Yates141926
Schuyler131116
Hamilton4093
Unassigned13835
Out of NY0292
Utica
Partly Cloudy
65° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 65°
Oneonta
Partly Cloudy
61° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 61°
Herkimer
Partly Cloudy
65° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 65°
Old Forge
Partly Cloudy
65° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 65°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
NEW Game Day Deals each week
Follow the 2021 Go the Distance Team - sponsored by Gilroy Kernan & Gilroy
Chapter Photofacial Therapy Giveaway
Looking for work or looking to hire? Check out the WKTV Job Fair!
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve