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Orange County NewsFor Immediate Release Contact: Christopher BorekFriday, August 31, 2018 845.291.3276, 845.238.4245c
District Attorney Hoovler Announces Sentencing in New Windsor Robbery Case
After Stealing from Convenience Store, Defendant Stole a Car,
Then Ran Over Its Owner
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced on Friday, August 31, 2018, that Anthony Abbott, age 35, of Poughkeepsie, was sentenced after his earlier guilty plea to Robbery in the First Degree, in connection with his January 2, 2018, robbery and serious injury of a man in the parking lot of a New Windsor Speedway station. County Court Judge William L. DeProspo sentenced Abbott to fourteen years in prison, to be followed by five years of post-release supervision.
On the afternoon of January 2, 2018, Abbott entered the Speedway on Windsor Highway in New Windsor, stole several cans of Red Bull, and fled the store. Abbott then got into the car that the victim had pulled up to a gas pump. After struggling with the victim, Abbott drove the car over the victim and dragged him some distance through the parking lot, before fleeing in the car. The victim was found lying in the parking lot shortly after. The victim was seriously injured by Abbott’s actions, suffering, among other injuries, a broken hip, fractured femur, and a missing tooth, and was hospitalized St. Luke’s Hospital for several days.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the Town of New Windsor Police Department for their efforts in the investigation and prosecution of the case.
“Senseless, drug-fueled violence cannot be tolerated in our society,” said District Attorney Hoovler, “and we will continue to fight for the innocent people of our County, so that they can safely go about their business, free from the kinds of criminal acts perpetrated by people like this defendant. The sentence meted out in this case will hopefully provide some measure of justice to the victim injured by the defendant’s criminal acts.”
District Attorney Hoovler commended Senior Assistant District Attorney Leah Canton for her prosecution of the case.
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.