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Troy Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening Police Officers Over Facebook

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Jhajuan Sabb, age 21, of Troy, New York, pled guilty today to threatening to attack the Troy Police Department during a June 2020 demonstration.

The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and Thomas F. Relford, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

In pleading guilty, Sabb admitted to making Facebook Live recordings on June 5, 2020 in which he threatened to throw bricks at the Troy Police building and vehicles.  Sabb also threatened to use a vehicle to run over police officers.

Senior United States District Judge Lawrence E. Kahn scheduled sentencing for March 3, 2021.  Sabb, who has been in custody since June 6, faces up to 5 years in prison, to be followed by up to 3 years of supervised release.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Capital District Safe Streets Gang Task Force, which includes FBI Special Agents and members of state and local law enforcement agencies, including the Troy Police Department and New York State Police.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.

Updated November 5, 2020

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