District Attorney Hoovler Announces State Prison Sentence
In Slashing Case
Defendant Sentenced to Nine Years in State Prison for Slashing Man in Face
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, Barry Cooper, 27, of Middletown, was sentenced by Orange County Court Judge Craig Stephen Brown to nine years in state prison, and five years post-release supervision, in connection with a September 21, 2019 slashing of a man outside of bar in the Town of Wallkill.
On November 21, 2019, Cooper pleaded guilty to Assault in the First Degree. At that time Cooper admitted having slashed his victim in the face with a sharp-edged object at about 3:30 AM, outside a closed bar on Route 211. Prosecutors argued that the victim had been an innocent bystander who had attempted to intervene and diffuse an argument between the DJ that had just left the bar and Cooper and others who were with Cooper. The victim suffered serious injuries to his face as the result of the slashing.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the New York State Police for their investigation of the case and the arrest of Cooper.
“A state prison sentence was clearly warranted in this case,” said District Attorney David Hoovler. “It is both tragic and ironic that this victim, who was altruistically attempting to prevent violence, must now carry the marks of this defendant’s cowardly and senseless attack on his face.”
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Michael Purcell.