MONTICELLO – A 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.
Michael Murray, 24, pled guilty in July after being indicted by a grand jury on a felony robbery charge. He 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,” District Attorney James 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.