Middletown man sentenced for shooting teens in Port Jervis

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GOSHEN – A 22-year-old Middletown man was sentenced in Orange County Court on Monday to 13 years in state prison and five years of post-release supervision for shooting two people on September 21, 2020 in Port Jervis.

Mario Mateos pled guilty to assault and attempted assault.

Port Jervis Police responded to the intersection of Barcelow Street and Seward Avenue in Port Jervis on the 21st for a report of shots fired and victims suffering from gunshot wounds. The victims were 16-year-old boys, one of whom suffered a serious gunshot wound to the lower back that required emergency surgery at Bon Secours Hospital. The other suffered a gunshot wound to the arm.

A search warrant executed at Mateos’ home recovered a firearm.

The District Attorney’s Office had recommended a 15-year prison sentenced.

“Victims of gun violence are forever effected by these crimes even if their physical wounds have healed,” said Hoovler. “We all hope that the young man who suffered the most serious injuries in this incident will eventually fully recover. This defendant and all who commit acts of gun violence must be held accountable for their actions and the community will be safer during the decade that this defendant is in prison.”

The investigation was conducted by police in Port Jervis, Deerpark and State Police, the DA’s Office and the Hudson Valley Crime Analysis Center.