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Orange County NewsFor Immediate Release Contact: Christopher Borek Friday, March 25, 2022 845.291.3276, 845.238.4245c
District Attorney Hoovler Announces Attempted Murder Pleas
In Newburgh Shooting Case
Defendant pleads guilty to two counts of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree; Assault in the Second Degree; and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, for shootings in the City of Newburgh
District Attorney to Recommend 20 Years in State Prison
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler, announced that on Friday, March 25, 2022, Danny Flores-Garcia, 19, of Newburgh, pleaded in Orange County Court to two counts of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, and one count of Assault in the Second Degree, for shooting three people in the City of Newburgh on September 17, 2021. Flores-Garcia also pleaded guilty to Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, for possessing a loaded and defaced pistol on July 13, 2021. Pursuant to the plea agreement placed on the record at the time that Flores-Garcia pleaded guilty, the District Attorney’s Office will recommend that he be sentenced to twenty years in state prison, and five years post-release supervision, when he is sentenced on June 3, 2022. The judge promised not sentence Flores-Garcia to more than fifteen years in state prison, and five years post-release supervision.
At the time that Flores-Garcia pleaded guilty, he admitted that he shot three people on September 17, 2021, at about 2:40 AM , in the vicinity of 69 Mill Street, in the City of Newburgh. Flores-Garcia admitted that he was trying to kill two of the people at the time that he shot them and that he seriously injured those two people. Flores-Garcia admitted causing physical injury to the third person he shot. Flores also admitted that on July 13, 2021, at about 11:15 AM in the vicinity of 88 Benkard Avenue, in Newburgh, he possessed a load and defaced Ruger pistol. A “defaced” firearm is one where the serial number has been removed. This is often done to prevent law enforcement officials from tracing where the gun had last been possessed legally.
District Attorney Hoovler praised the City of Newburgh Police Department for their investigation of the case and the arrest of Flores-Garcia.
“There can be no greater priority for law enforcement in the City of Newburgh than stopping the senseless violence that so adversely affects our communities,” said District Attorney Hoovler. “We can only hope that those who were injured by this defendant will fully recover. Fortunately, no one lost their life as result of this defendant’s cold-blooded actions. Those who live in, work in, or visit, the City of Newburgh deserve a safe city. This is only possible if those who commit acts of gun violence are held accountable.”
The case is being prosecuted by Executive Assistant District Attorney Leah Canton.
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.