Orange County News
For Immediate Release Contact: Christopher Borek
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 845.291.3276, 845.238.4245c
District Attorney Hoovler Announces State Prison Sentence
In Port Jervis Shooting Case
Defendant who Shot Two Teenagers on a Port Jervis Street Corner
Sentenced to Thirteen Years in State Prison
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler, announced that on Monday, June 21, 2021 Mario Mateos, age 22, of Middletown was sentenced by Orange County Court Judge William L. DeProspo to thirteen years in state prison and five years post-release supervision in connection with a September 21, 2020, Port Jervis shooting incident, which left two people wounded, one significantly. On April 15, 2021, Mateos had pleaded guilty plea in to one count of Assault in the First Degree and one count of Attempted Assault in the First Degree.
On September 21, 2020, Port Jervis police officers responded to the intersection of Barcelow Street and Seward Avenue in Port Jervis for a report of shots fired and victims suffering from gunshot wounds. On their arrival, officers learned that two sixteen-year-old boys were shot and wounded at that intersection. One victim suffered a serious gunshot wound to the lower back, requiring emergency surgery at Bon Secours Hospital. The other suffered a gunshot wound to the arm. An investigation conducted by members of the Port Jervis Police Department, with the assistance of the New York State Police, the Town of Deerpark Police, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, and the Hudson Valley Crime Analysis Center, resulted in Mateos’s arrest. A search warrant later executed at Mateos’s residence recovered a firearm from inside the residence.
The District Attorney’s Office had recommended that Mateos be sentenced to fifteen years in state prison. Senior Assistant District Attorney Ryan Greenbaum argued that the shooting had shook the community and irrevocably changed the lives of two children forever.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the Port Jervis Police Department, the New York State Police, the Town of Deerpark Police, and the Hudson Valley Crime Analysis Center for their assistance in the investigation and the prosecution of the case.
“Victims of gun violence are forever effected by these crimes even if their physical wounds have healed,” said District Attorney Hoovler. “We all hope that the young man who suffered the most serious injuries in this incident will eventually fully recover. This defendant and all who commit acts of gun violence must be held accountable for their actions and the community will be safer during the decade that this defendant is in prison.”
The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Ryan Greenbaum.