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Posted on: March 30, 2023

District Attorney Hoovler takes Murder Plea in Connection with Fatal Stabbing


Orange County News
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 March 30, 2023                                                                      845.615.3657, 845.415.0868c


District Attorney Hoovler takes Murder Plea in Connection 

with Fatal Stabbing


Middletown Man Pleads Guilty to Murder in the Second Degree and Admits Stabbing a Wallkill Man to Death in the Victim’s Backyard

On March 30, 2023, Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler represented the People in County Court as Damante T. Stansberry, age 24, of Middletown, pled guilty to Murder in the Second Degree in connection with  the death of a Wallkill man who was found stabbed multiple times inside the detached garage of his Town of Wallkill residence.  Stansberry is next scheduled to appear in court on June 12, 2023.

It is alleged that on October 30, 2022, at approximately 5:00 PM, Stansberry arrived at the residence of his 53-year-old victim and repeatedly stabbed the man, who had been repairing a fence in the backyard of the residence.  Stansberry then concealed a mask, rubber gloves, hooded jacket and a shoe that he had been wearing by stuffing them into a storm drain.  

An investigation conducted by the Town of Wallkill Police Department, assisted by the New York State Police, the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the Hudson Valley Crime Analysis Center and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office resulted in Stansberry’s arrest on November 1, 2022.  

District Attorney Hoovler thanked all of the law enforcement agencies involved for the arrest of Stansberry and their continuing investigation. 

“There is no place where people should feel safer than in their own homes,” said District Attorney David M. Hoovler. “My deepest condolences go out to the family and loved ones of the victim in this case, who was senselessly killed while working in his own backyard on a Sunday afternoon.  I commend the Town of Wallkill Police Department, and all of the agencies that aided them, for their ceaseless efforts in this case.”  

The case is being prosecuted by District Attorney David M. Hoovler, Chief Assistant District Attorney Christopher Borek and Assistant District Attorney Bryan Conway.

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.

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