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Orange County NewsFor Immediate Release Contact: Christopher Borek March 18, 2022 845.291.3276, 845.238.4245c
District Attorney Hoovler Announces Prison Sentence
in Middletown Narcotics Case
Middletown Man Convicted Possessing 19 bags of Cocaine with Intent to Sell
After Search Warrant Execution Sentenced to 13 years in Prison
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Friday, March 18, 2022, Cory Williams, 46, of Middletown was sentenced to thirteen years in prison, and three years of post-release supervision, in connection with his conviction after trial of possessing cocaine which he intended on selling. On December 6, 2021, Williams was convicted following a jury trial in the Orange County Court of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.
On December 18, 2019, the City of Middletown Police Department, aided by the Orange County Sheriff’s Special Operations Group and the New York State Police, executed a search warrant at Williams’ residence on Little Monhagen Road, in the City of Middletown. The police also had a warrant to search the defendant’s vehicle as well as the defendant’s person. Williams was apprehended in the car at approximately 6:11 AM. A total of 19 individually packaged bags of cocaine were recovered from the defendant’s groin area and from between the defendant’s buttocks. At the trial prosecutors argued that Williams intended on selling the cocaine he possessed.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the City of Middletown Police Department for their investigation and the arrest of the defendant, as well as the Sheriff’s Special Operations Group and New York State Police for their assistance in executing the search warrants.
District Attorney Hoovler highly commended Assistant District Attorney Tanja Beemer and Assistant District Attorney Alexis Gregory who prosecuted the case.
“This case demonstrates the District Attorney’s Office’s ongoing commitment to work with our law enforcement partners to stop drug dealers who attempt to profit off of the addiction of others,” said District Attorney David Hoovler. “Those who refuse to stop committing felonies, even after they have previously been convicted, deserved enhanced sentences. I thank the City of Middletown Police Department for their actions on this case, and their diligence in fighting the narcotics epidemic which is harming so many of our residents. ”
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.