GOSHEN – A Newburgh man was convicted in Orange County Court on Friday of armed robbery and criminal possession of a weapon following a jury trial before County Court Judge Stephen Brown.
Kenyatta James, also known as Nate Bender, 39, had previously been convicted of the same charges in 2011, but that was overturned by an appellate court in May 2015 due to an improper identification procedure. That court ordered that James be re-tried.
James had previously been sentenced to 17 years in state prison and the District Attorney’s Office will recommend at least that much time in prison when sentenced in December, said DA David Hoovler.
At trial, prosecutors argued that on July 30, 2010, James had robbed a woman at knifepoint in the City of Newburgh. When he was arrested, he was found in possession of a sawzall blade wrapped in tape.
“The evidence in this case clearly supports the jury’s determination that this defendant robbed a woman with a homemade knife,” Hoovler said. “I am pleased that we have the opportunity to see that this defendant remains in prison, and, at least for a few more years, will not be free to victimize others in Newburgh.”