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Orange County NewsFor Immediate Release Contact: Ryan Greenbaum Friday, March 24, 2023 845.615.3657, 845.415.0868c
District Attorney Hoovler: Newburgh Man Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Possessing Handgun
Defendant sentenced to five years in prison
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Thursday, March 23, 2023, James Boursiquot, 26, of Newburgh, was sentenced to five (5) years in prison, and five (5) years post-release supervision in connection with his guilty plea in Orange County Court to Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree for illegally possessing a loaded handgun City of Newburgh.
As admitted during the plea allocution and in charging documents filed and comments made on the record in court, on February 6, 2022, police officers in the City of Newburgh responded to reports of shots fired. While no suspects were present at the scene, the police recovered spent shell casings and reviewed camera footage that showed Boursiquot holding a gun with a blue laser sight. On February 11, 2022, Boursiquot ran from police officers into a residence in the City of Newburgh. Inside, Boursiquot was found with a loaded Taurus 9mm handgun with a blue laser sight and an extended magazine.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the City of Newburgh Police Department for their investigation and arrest of Boursiquot.
“This case is yet another example of the dangerous possession and use of unlicensed firearms,” said District Attorney David M. Hoovler. “My Office will continue to hold accountable those individuals who illegally possess guns and who choose to use those guns in reckless and dangerous ways. I commend the dedicated work done by City of Newburgh Police officers in order to secure this firearm and ensure that this defendant is unable to harm others.”
The case is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Christopher Kelly and Assistant District Attorney Anthony Molina.
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.