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Orange County News
For Immediate Release Contact: Christopher BorekMarch 9, 2018 845.291.3276, 845.238.4245c
District Attorney Hoovler Announces Guilty Plea in Murder Case
Newburgh Man Pleads Guilty to Murder in the Second Degree
Admits to Shooting Victim During Botched Robbery
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Friday, March 9, 2018, Dejoire Fox, 21, of Newburgh, pleaded guilty before Orange County Court Judge William DeProspo to Murder in the Second Degree, in connection with the shooting death of a man during the course of an attempted robbery on June 21, 2017, in the City of Newburgh.
At the time that he pleaded guilty, Fox admitted that on June 21, 2017, at about 12:30 pm, he entered an apartment on Chambers Street in the City of Newburgh, with the intention of robbing the occupant. Fox admitted being armed with a pistol and shooting the victim, who later died of a gunshot wound. Fox is scheduled to be sentenced on April 30, 2018.
Two other individuals, Omarrio Morrison, 26, and Tyrees Canigan, 17, both of Newburgh, have also been charged by Orange County grand juries with crimes including Murder in the Second Degree and Attempted Robbery in the First Degree, in connection with the death of the same victim. Each indictment alleges that each man, acting individually and in concert with others, acting either alone or with one or more persons, did attempt to commit robbery, and, in the course of and furtherance of the robbery, or of immediate flight therefrom, he, or another participant, caused the death of the victim. Morrison is next scheduled to appear in County Court on March 21, 2018. Canigan is next scheduled to appear in County Court on March 13, 2018.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the City of Newburgh Police Department for their investigation of the case and the defendants’ apprehension.
“Violence has no place in our communities, particularly in the sanctity of one’s home,” said District Attorney Hoovler. “Those who resort to violence and use weapons, must be held accountable for their actions. I commend the City of Newburgh Police Department for their investigation of this case. My office will continue to work with all our law enforcement partners to reduce the deadly gun violence which has claimed far too many lives.”
This case is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Leah Canton and Assistant District Attorney Nicholas Mangold.
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.