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Posted on: November 9, 2021

District Attorney Hoovler Announces Guilty Plea in Town of Wallkill Murder Case

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District Attorney Hoovler Announces Guilty Plea 

in Town of Wallkill Murder Case

 

Defendant Pleads Guilty to Murder for Shooting Outside Wallkill Nightclub

 

Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Wednesday, November 9, 2021, Jamaad Murphy, 27, of Wallkill, pled guilty to Murder in the Second Degree before Orange County Court Judge William L. DeProspo. The plea was in connection with the fatal shooting of a man outside of a Town of Wallkill nightclub on November 3, 2019. 

At the time that he pled guilty, Murphy admitted to fatally shooting a man outside of the Made in Puerto Rico Latin Cuisine and Sports Bar, located at 505 Schutt Road Extension, in the Town of Wallkill, on November 3, 2019, at approximately 2:15 a.m. Prior to his apprehension in Rockland County in January of 2021, Murphy had been the subject of a fourteen-month multi-state manhunt. Pursuant to the plea agreement placed on the record at the time Murphy pled guilty, the District Attorney’s Office will recommend that Murphy be sentenced to twenty-three years to life in state prison, when he is sentenced on December 20, 2021. 

District Attorney Hoovler thanked the New York State Police and all the state, local, and federal law enforcement officials from various states who aided in the search and eventual apprehension of Murphy. 

“There is no more serious crime than one involving the taking of an innocent human life,” said District Attorney David M. Hoovler. “My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and loved ones of the victim in this case. I hope that this plea brings them some degree of closure. I thank the New York State Police, and all the law enforcement agencies who helped in the investigation of this case and in the apprehension of this very dangerous offender. Those tempted to engage in violence in Orange County must understand that if they commit a serious offense, they will not be able to escape just punishment.” 

The case is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Ryan Greenbaum and Assistant District Attorney Nicholas Mangold. 

This criminal charge is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the State of New York’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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