Brooklyn man sentenced to prison for Monticello knifepoint robbery

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MONTICELLO – A 24-year-old Brooklyn man was sentenced in Sullivan
County Court to 15-years in state prison and five years of post-release
supervision for a knifepoint robbery.

District Attorney James Farrell said Michael Murray pled guilty in July
after being indicted by a grand jury on a felony robbery charge. She admitted
to approaching a woman, who was in her car on Evergreen Drive in Monticello
as she was headed to work, and threatened her with a knife and stole cash
from her.

Monticello Police were called by neighbors who saw what was happening
in the parking lot. They responded quickly and apprehended Murray in possession
of the knife he used to hold up the victim.

“This defendant was held accountable and responsible because everyday
citizens saw something out of the ordinary and did their civic duty by
calling the police, who responded immediately and took the defendant into
custody before he could injure anyone,” Farrell said.

Murray was sentenced as a second felony offender having prior convictions
for burglary and robbery in 2014 in Brooklyn for which he received a 3
½-year prison term.

Chief Assistant DA Meagan Galligan handled the prosecution in the Sullivan
County case.