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Orange County News For Immediate Release Contact: Christopher Borek Thursday, February 10, 2022 845.291.3276, 845.238.4245c
District Attorney Hoovler Announces Guilty Plea in Police Assault Case
Defendant Pled Guilty to Assaulting Port Jervis Police Officer who suffered Serious Injury
Defendant Pled Guilty During Jury Selection of Trial
Defendant to be Sentenced to Five Years in Prison
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, Guy Dixon, 38, of Port Jervis, pled guilty in Orange County Court to Assault on a Police Officer, in connection with an incident where a Port Jervis Police Officer was seriously injured. The guilty plea was entered during the jury selection phase of trial. Pursuant to the plea agreement placed on the record at the time of the guilty plea, Dixon will receive five years in prison followed by five years of post-release supervision when he is sentenced on April 7, 2022.
On August 16, 2021, police were called to a residence on Barcelow Street in the City of Port Jervis in response to a report of a domestic violence related robbery. The defendant, who was alleged to have forcibly stolen the cell phone belonging to the mother of his child, yelled at and taunted the officers from the porch and vestibule of the residence. When the officers attempted to speak to the defendant and to place him under arrest, the defendant slammed the door of the residence onto one of the police officers, causing a glass insert in the door to shatter. As a result, the officer sustained serious lacerations to his hand which required immediate medical attention and subsequent surgery.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the City of Port Jervis Police Department for their investigation which resulted in the charges.
District Attorney Hoovler commended Senior Assistant District Attorney Ryan Greenbaum and Assistant District Attorney Matthew Bennett for handling the prosecution of Dixon.
“Police officers are duty bound to respond to calls for service that regularly place those officers in dangerous situations,” said District Attorney Hoovler. “Responding to domestic violence calls is particularly dangerous. Those who cause injury to police officers who are doing the crucial job that keeps us all safe must to be held accountable for their actions. My office will continue to support the brave men and women in our police departments and seek severe punishment for those who injure officers or place them at risk of injury.”
A criminal charge is merely an allegation by the police 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.