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Two stabbed in Greenfield

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GREENFIELD -- A 20-year-old Greenfield man is facing two felony assault charges for allegedly stabbing his mother and brother early Friday morning at the family's Woodland Road home.

Matthew R. August faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted on the charges, and authorities say he could face more severe punishment if the conditions of his mother, Susan A. Chaplain, and brother, Brandon J. August, deteriorate.

Both Chaplain, 45, and Brandon August, 22, were taken to Albany Medical Center after the alleged stabbing, which police said occurred shortly before 4 a.m. at the family's home at 6 Woodland Road.

The two-story home is located on a residential street less than a mile east of Greenfield Town Hall on Route 9N.

Police reported that each victim suffered multiple stab wounds in the incident, and characterized their injuries as "severe," but hospital officials said late Friday that they could not provide any updated information.

Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy said he was "cautiously optimistic" that Chaplain and Brandon August's conditions would improve, but that "we have to wait and see on that issue."

"We are hopeful that both of them survive," Murphy said.

Murphy, police and Matthew August's court-appointed public defender, Stacey Gorman, each said that they could not discuss the motivation or circumstances behind the alleged attack.

It was also unclear on Friday who may have contacted emergency dispatchers to inform them of the incident.

Neighbors said both of Chaplain's sons were frequently seen at the residence, but that there was never any outward signs of angst in the household.

"I've lived here 10 years and there have never been any police cars, violence or problems that I can think of," said Fred Jacobs, who lives next door to the home where the attack allegedly took place.

His wife, Gail Jacobs, expressed similar surprise at the situation as she sat in her car near her neighbor's driveway and front entrance, surrounded by yellow crime scene tape.

"This is a small street here, you know," she said as forensic officers with the State Police prepared to enter the home around noon. "It's kind of scary."

Jacobs said Chaplain worked at Saratoga Hospital, but that she did not know much more about the family.

Matthew August, a 2007 graduate of Saratoga Springs High School, told reporters that he had no comment when entering Malta Town Court for his arraignment Friday afternoon.

Before the brief court proceeding began, however, the somber and small-in-stature defendant said he loved his family members.

"I would die for them," he said, dressed in a white jail jumpsuit, his arms shackled and left hand bandaged.

Assistant District Attorney Richard Wendling, appearing at the hearing on behalf of the district attorney's office, requested that no bail be set in the case because of the "early nature of the proceedings."

Town Justice James Nichols granted the request and Matthew August, who was also ordered to undergo a mental health exam, was sent to Saratoga County Jail.

He pleaded not guilty to each of the charges during the brief court proceeding.

Gorman, Saratoga County's assistant public defender, said she could not comment about the case because she was still becoming familiar with what transpired.

Matthew August is scheduled to re-appear in Malta Town Court on Jan. 14 to determine how the case will proceed.

Prosecutors said it was likely that the matter would eventually end up before a grand jury and that the charges may be upgraded after testimony is heard during the closed-door proceedings.

The case represents the second recent instance in Saratoga County, in which a son has been accused of stabbing their mother.

On Sept. 22, 20-year-old Nicholas A. Ture, of Saratoga Springs, was arrested by city police for stabbing his mother, Dru Ture, multiple times in the neck and chest, sending her to the Albany Medical Center.

Ture, indicted on one count of second-degree attempted murder and two counts of felony assault in early December, is now set to undergo a mental health evaluation. He will be diverted to a psychiatric facility if he is found unfit to stand trial.

Murphy, the district attorney, said such instances of child-parent domestic violence are rare in the area, however.

"To say that there are a number of domestic violence cases is true but, fortunately, we have not seen a lot of cases where we have a son or daughter against a parent," he said.

The alleged stabbing also comes almost seven months after a 46-year-old Greenfield man, Mark Stutzenstein, was arrested and charged with fatally stabbing a 41-year-old man who shared his Route 9N home.

That case, in which Stutzenstein is charged with two counts of manslaughter, is now headed toward a trial.


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