Poughkeepsie man sentenced to prison in Newburgh killing

GOSHEN – A Poughkeepsie man was sentenced by Orange County Court Judge William DeProspo to 12 to 15 years in state prison and five years of post-release supervision in connection with a January 25, 2019 City of Newburgh homicide, which led to a high-speed chase to Poughkeepsie.

Steven Williams, 29, pled guilty to manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon in April. He was sentenced to one-half to 15 years in prison for the manslaughter and 12 years for the weapon possession.

He admitted that at around 10:20 p.m. on January 25, he was in a car with three other men that was driving in the vicinity of Hasbrouck and Williams streets in Newburgh. Williams admitted that he fired a gun toward a sidewalk and one of the shots struck the victim, Jermaine Cooper, 40, of Newburgh, killing him.

After the shooting, the driver of the car in which Williams rode sped up Route 9W being chased by a Newburgh Town Police officer. The chase ended when the car collided with a tree in the City of Poughkeepsie.

“The community will be safer during the more than decade that this defendant will be in prison,” said Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler.

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