ALBANY, N.Y. - An Albany man has been sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison Tuesday after he was found guilty for predatory sexual assault of his wife.
Albany County District Attorney David Soares says 47-year-old Yaqoob Chauhan was sentenced to concurrent sentences of 15 years to life for a second count of Predatory Sexual Assault, 20 years to life
for Kidnapping 1st-degree, and one year in state prison for five counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Chauhan was found guilty on February 8th.
On May 2, 2012 Chauhan restrained his wife using dog leashes for a period of 15 hours, subjecting her to physical injury and sexual abuse. These actions were all committed in the presence of five children under 11 years of age, Soares says.
Neighbors were alerted to the situation when they say the wife ran naked and beaten from the home.
Chauhan, who moved to the Albany from Pakistan, then skipped town and headed to Maryland where he was picked up two weeks later by U.S. Marshalls in Baltimore.
"Yaqoob Chauhan will spend the rest of his life in a New York State Prison for his heinous crimes. And while I applaud the police, prosecutor, judge and jury in this case, we could not have arrived at this place without the testimony of this courageous survivor and the heroism of a young neighborhood boy who alerted police," Soares says. "The strength and grace displayed by this survivor is the reason we honor victims during National Crime Victim's Rights Week. Let Mr. Chauhan's fate serve as an example to others that crimes of this nature perpetrated on anyone in Albany will be dealt with swiftly and harshly."
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