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Orange County News For Immediate Release Contact: Christopher Borek February 15, 2022 845.291.3276, 845.238.4245c
District Attorney Hoovler Announces Guilty Plea on
Residential Burglary of Prior Intimate Partner
District Attorney’s Office to Recommend Twelve Years in State Prison
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced on that on Tuesday, February 15, 2022, Alex Livingston, 37, of Newburgh, pleaded guilty in Orange County Court to Burglary in the Second Degree in connection with having violated a full stay-away order of protection in favor of Livingston’s former intimate partner by breaking into her Town of Newburgh home and terrorizing her and her family. Pursuant to the plea agreement placed on the record at the time that Livingston pleaded guilty, the District Attorney’s Office will recommend that Livingston be sentenced to twelve years in state prison when he is sentenced on May 2, 2022.
At the time that Livingston pleaded guilty, he admitted that on December 22, 2020, a valid court-ordered order of protection was in effect which commanded him to stay away from a former intimate partner and her home. Livingston admitted breaking into his former partner’s home on that day and damaging property throughout her house. Prosecutors had argued that Livingston had broken through the door or the residence and entered the home while demanding to see some children who were hiding in a closet with their grandmother. The defendant was also alleged to have taken his former partner’s phone from her to prevent her from calling 911 and striking her. After the burglary, Livingston fled to the State or Georgia, where he was eventually arrested and returned to New York State to face these and related charges.
The case is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Ryan Greenbaum.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the Town of Newburgh Police Department and the other federal and state law enforcement agencies that investigated this matter and apprehended Livingston.
“Victims of domestic violence deserve every type of support that the community can offer,” said District Attorney David M. Hoovler. “Offenders who violate orders of protection, and particularly those menace former partners, and their family members, must be stopped and the most effective deterrent is meaningful incarceration. I urge all who are victims of domestic violence to reach out to law enforcement, and to groups such as Fearless! Hudson Valley for help. Survivors of these crimes deserve our admiration and assistance.”
A 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.