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For Immediate Release Contact: Christopher BorekAugust 30, 2018 845.291.3276, 845.238.4245c
Newburgh Man Sentenced to 20 years for Fatal Shooting
of Victim During Botched Robbery
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Thursday, August 30, 2018, Dejoire Fox, 21, of Newburgh, was sentenced by Orange County Court Judge William DeProspo to 20 years in state prison, and five years post release supervision, 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. On July 24, 2018, Fox had pleaded guilty to Manslaughter in the First Degree.
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.
Two other individuals, Omarrio Morrison, 26, and Tyrees Canigan, 17, both of Newburgh, had also been charged, in connection with the death of the same victim. On August 29, 2018, Morrison, who had been convicted of Murder in the Second Degree, and other crimes, after a jury trial, was sentenced by Judge DeProspo to a total of twenty-seven and two-third years to life in state prison in connection with the same killing. During the trial of Morrison prosecutors argued that Morrison had planned a robbery of the victim while the victim was in his apartment on Chambers Street in the City of Newburgh. Prosecutors also argued that Morrison had recruited Fox and Canigan, to commit the actual robbery and had supplied each with pistols. Canigan has previously pleaded guilty to Attempted Robbery in the First Degree and is scheduled to be sentenced on September 6, 2018. Prosecutors argued that Fox entered the victim’s apartment to commit the robbery while being armed with a pistol and shot the victim, who later died of a gunshot wound. Canigan was the lookout for the robbery.
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.