Jury finds Vandenburgh guilty in murder of Troy official

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A jury has found Joseph Vandenburgh guilty on all counts in the murder trial of Troy’s former director of operations.

It only took this jury about two and a half hours to unanimously come to the conclusion.

The defense had already admitted that Vandenburgh, 29, was at the scene. The DA says really all the jury had to do was decide whether their version of why he was there was convincing enough and we now know they didn’t buy it.

After having to re-live that horrific night for the last few weeks and coping with the tragic loss of a husband and father for the last year and a half. The family of Bill Chamberlain tearfully embraced as the verdict is read aloud.

“The Chamberlain family, God bless them. They’ve been through hell and we’ve been with them throughout this process. They’ve showed tremendous poise and strength and faith in the system that we would arrive at this result today and get justice,” District Attorney Joel Abelove said.

Abelove says the short time it took jurors to come to a conclusion reflects the strength of the evidence.

“The fact that his DNA is on the knife lying next to the victim’s body and the fact that the victim’s DNA and blood is on his sweatshirt that is knifed to the wall in his bedroom in the basement of his house is quite compelling.”

His wife Nancy testified earlier this week, describing the night her husband didn’t come home from a walk around the neighborhood with the family dog as he did every night.

She told police she found him a few doors down in a front yard, unresponsive and covered in blood.

This happened just days before Christmas  on December 17, 2015.

No word on a motive as to what possessed Vandenburgh to stab 56-year-old Chamberlain more than 20 times.

Abelove says there was no known history between the two and that this appears to have been a completely random vicious attack.

“We’ll never know what the conversation was that took place on the corner of Marion and Powell that led the defendant to do this.”

Sentencing is set for July 21st. Prosecutors are pushing for the maximum of 25 years to life.

The City of Troy issued this statement on the verdict:

“We continue to remember Bill Chamberlain for who he was: a proud husband, father and dedicated public servant who spent 30 years serving the residents of the City of Troy with distinction and professionalism. My hope is that today’s verdict will bring some closure to the Chamberlain family following this difficult and painful chapter in their lives. I want thank all the law enforcement agencies and the District Attorney’s office for their tireless pursuit of justice on behalf of the Chamberlain family and the entire Troy community.”

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