Police ID Monticello murder suspect, victim




MONTICELLO – Following a joint investigation involving State Police,
Town of Fallsburg Police, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office and the
County District Attorney’s Office, Monticello Police announced the
arrest of Howard Sanders 19, of Loch Sheldrake on Monday. Sanders was
charged with murder, criminal possession of a weapon, and tampering with
physical evidence, all felonies.  He is held without bail.
The victim of the early Sunday morning murder wasLawrence Burns, 19,
of Brooklyn, whose body was found on the ground at the Monticello Meadows
apartment complex at 91 Shaker Heights Drive. Preliminary autopsy determination
has revealed that Burns suffered gunshots wounds to the head.
Crack cocaine and suboxone were also discovered inside the apartment, for which Gerrod Lucas, 22, was subsequently charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, and misdemeanor criminal possession.  Lucas is in the Sullivan County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Village of Monticello Police Chief Robert Mir thanks all the law enforcement agencies involved in this investigation for their assistance to and support of the Village of Monticello Police Department, which resulted in the rapid arrest of Sanders.