Orange County News
For Immediate Release Contact: Christopher Borek
December 16, 2019 845.291.3276, 845.238.4245c
District Attorney Hoovler Announces Guilty Plea
in Attempted Murder Case
New Windsor Man Pleads Guilty to Attempted Murder and
Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree
Faces Up to 18 Years in State Prison
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Monday, December 16, 2019, Ryan Discua, a/k/a “Soda Pop,” 23, of New Windsor, pleaded guilty before Orange County Court Judge Robert H. Freehill to Attempted Murder in the Second Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree. The Attempted Murder charge was in connection with the shooting of a man in the City of Newburgh, on October 9, 2019, at approximately 10:50 P.M., in the vicinity of 129 William Street. The man who was shot suffered serious physical injury.
At the time Discua plead guilty to Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, he admitted having illegally possessed a loaded 9mm pistol when he was arrested by the City of Newburgh Police Department on October 10, 2019, at approximately 8:17 P.M., in the vicinity of 230 Broadway, in the City of Newburgh.
Pursuant to the agreement placed on the record at the time Discua pleaded guilty, the District Attorney’s office will recommend eighteen years in state prison on the charge of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, and a concurrent sentence of ten years in state prison on the weapons charge when he is sentenced on January 30, 2020. The judge agreed to sentence Discua to no more than what the District Attorney’s Office recommends.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the City of Newburgh Police Department for their investigation and the arrest of the defendant, as well as the New York State Police and the Town of New Windsor Police Department who aided in the investigation.
“This defendant endangered numerous residents, not just the man he attempted to kill,” said District Attorney David Hoovler. “The City of Newburgh community deserve to be free from wanton gunplay on the streets where they live, work and raise their families. I thank the City of Newburgh Police Department, the New York State Police and the Town of New Windsor Police for their actions on this case and their untiring efforts to prevent additional violence.
The case is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Jason Rosenwasser and Assistant District Attorney Richard Giordano.
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.