Orange County News
For Immediate Release Contact: Christopher Borek
Wednesday, March 1, 2023 845.291-3276, 845.238-4245c
District Attorney Hoovler Announces Prison Sentence
in Case of Stabbing on a Commercial Bus
Defendant sentenced to ten years in prison following guilty plea to
Attempted Assault in the First Degree
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Wednesday, March 1, 2023, Maleek Phillips, 38, of Albany, was sentenced to ten (10) years in prison, and five (5) years post-release supervision in connection with knife attack on a commercial bus. On January 3, 2023, Phillips pled guilty in Orange County Court to Attempted Assault in the First Degree.
As admitted during the plea allocution and in charging documents filed in court, on August 26, 2022, Phillips was a passenger on a commercial bus traveling from Albany to New York City. When the bus traveled through the Town of Newburgh on Interstate 87, Phillips began threatening passengers on the bus. After arguing with the victim of his crimes, Phillips pulled out a knife and cut the victim on the neck and chest, causing a collapsed lung. Phillips then fled the bus and cut his own throat before he was located nearby by police with the knife still in his hand.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the New York State Police and the Town of Newburgh Police Department for their investigation and arrest of Phillips.
“Whatever issues the defendant had, nothing justified this unwarranted attack on a completely innocent victim,” said District Attorney David M. Hoovler. “No one expects a peaceful bus trip to turn into the violent nightmare this defendant created. Miraculously, the victim in this case survived the serious injuries caused by the defendant. Violence like this will not be tolerated and my Office will continue to dedicate all available resources to holding violent offenders accountable for their actions. I commend the actions of those on the bus that day, as well as the police for taking the defendant into custody without issue.”
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Nicholas Mangold.
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.