Guilty plea in stabbing death

Lance Wheeler/For Columbia-Greene MediaRobert Streib pleads guilty to second-degree manslaughter in Columbia County Court on Wednesday.

HUDSON — Robert Streib, 36, of Red Hook was arraigned Friday in Columbia County Court and pleaded guilty to causing the death of a Clermont man.

Streib admitted Friday to a charge of second-degree manslaughter, a class C felony, in the Nov. 3, 2019, stabbing death of Glenn Unson, 43, in Clermont.

The prosecution will seek the maximum possible sentence of 5 to 15 years, Assistant District Attorney Ryan Carty said Friday.

Columbia County Public Defender Ann Weaver represented Streib at the arraignment and requested notification of when the pre-sentencing investigation will take place so she can be present.

Streib waived indictment and will appear before the judge for sentencing. A pre-sentencing report will be compiled by probation officers to help the judge make a determination on the degree of the sentence.

Pre-sentencing reports generally include interviews from the defendant and the victim’s family and friends.

In the early morning hours of Nov. 3, Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call at 120 Pleasant Vale Road, where they found Unson with stab wounds to his abdomen and chest.

Streib, who was found kneeling over him, did not resist arrest and was charged with second-degree murder, a class A-1 felony, and arraigned in Clermont Court on Nov. 7, 2019. He was sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail and he waived a preliminary hearing.

The two men knew each other and it was likely not a random event, Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett said at the time.

Investigators determined the stabbing took place near the intersection of Pleasant Vale Road and Route 9 during a physical altercation, the sheriff’s office said.

“Clermont is usually a quiet town,” Bartlett said at the time of the incident. “It is a terrible thing to have happened down there today.”

Albany pathologist Dr. Jeffrey Hubbard, who performed the autopsy at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, found that Unson had been stabbed 11 times. Hubbard ruled that Unson died from multiple stab wounds.

The murder weapon, a folding knife, was found at the scene by investigators, the sheriff’s office said.

Streib will be sentenced on April 27 at 9 a.m. Bartlett and Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka could not be reached for comment at press time.

Abby Hoover is a reporter for the Register-Star. Contact her at (518) 828-1616 x 2500 or

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