Former peace officer convicted of murdering neighbor in New Windsor

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GOSHEN – An Orange County Court jury Thursday found Luis Rondon, 50, of New Windsor guilty of the bludgeoning of a woman on October 7, 2019 inside her South Gate Village apartment in New Windsor.

Rondon, who was a peace officer and sergeant with the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority at the time of the murder, faces up to 25 years to life in state prison when sentenced in December.

Rondon knew the victim, 32-year-old Deborah Waldinger through their association with the Society for Creative Anarchism, a Medieval reenactment group, by striking her repeatedly on the head with a recently purchased framing hammer. He then flew to California, where he was apprehended.

At his trial, prosecutors argued that Rondon killed the victim because she had threatened to tell his wife about their relationship and that he feared losing his wife, his house and his pension.