Middletown man sentenced in gun possession case

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GOSHEN – A Middletown man pled guilty before Orange County Court Judge Craig Stephen Brown to criminal possession of a weapon. When Aaron Stone, 34, is sentenced in September, he faces 10 years in state prison.

At about 6 p.m. on January 28, 2020, Newburgh City Police responded to a report of several shots fired in the vicinity of Benkard Avenue where they found numerous spent bullet casings.

Two individuals who had been in the area, including Stone, were treated for gunshot wounds at Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital.

Police located two semi-automatic handguns in the area where the shootings had been reported. The weapons were submitted to the State Police lab for testing.

At the time Stone pled guilty, he admitted he had possession of one of those loaded guns.

“As this case demonstrates, those who engage in illegal weapons possession risk not only lengthy incarceration, but being subjected to life-threatening violence themselves,” said District Attorney David Hoovler. “We are only too aware of the intolerable level of gun violence plaguing many of our cities. I applaud the City of Newburgh Police Department for the proactive steps that they have taken to decrease gun violence.”