Saratoga County District Attorney Karen A. Heggen announced today that Tyler J. Lumia (DOB 04/21/1999) was sentenced to ten (10) years in State Prison following his July 21, 2022 plea of guilty to Assault in the First Degree, a Class “B” Violent Felony in violation of New York State Penal Law Section 120.10(1).
Defendant Lumia had previously admitted to stabbing an unarmed man several times in the face and chest on Halloween night 2021 following a verbal dispute in downtown Saratoga Springs. The victim suffered several puncture wounds to his face, lungs, and internal organs and was rushed to Albany Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery.
Although the masked Defendant fled the crowded scene and discarded his bloody weapon, investigators from the Saratoga Springs were able to gather crucial eyewitness statements, physical evidence, and private surveillance footage that led to the apprehension of the Defendant. Medical testimony and body camera footage further reinforced that the victim would have likely died of his wounds had members of the Saratoga Springs Police Department not quickly intervened and applied life-saving aid.
“Much like the rest of New York State, the previous two (2) years saw a significant increase in violent crime in downtown Saratoga Springs,” said District Attorney Heggen. “Given the hard work of the Saratoga Springs Police Department and fellow Good Samaritans of this City, however, we have been able to hold the most serious offenders accountable. This plea and sentence marks the most recent double-digit State Prison sentence for those who made the decision to come downtown and cause harm to innocent people.”
The Defendant will also receive a maximum Full Stay Away Order of Protection in favor of the victim and receive two-and-a-half years of Post Release Supervision. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Joseph Frandino together with District Attorney Investigator Jack Barney.