Guilty pleas in City of Newburgh homicide and conspiracy cases

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GOSHEN – A Newburgh man pled guilty to a manslaughter charge before Orange County Court Judge William DeProspo on Tuesday for the November 3, 2018 slaying of a Newburgh man at the corner of Liberty an Clinton streets in the City of Newburgh.

Dominique Williams, 25, fired a .32 caliber semiautomatic handgun when gunfire broke out with one bullet striking a robbery victim in the head killing him.

Williams’ identical twin brother, Devin Williams, and Antwan Wakely, 29, both of Newburgh, who were charged in the same indictment, each pled guilty to conspiracy and admitted engaging in a conspiracy to commit robberies and possess and share firearms.

The district attorney’s office will recommend that each of the three be sentenced to state prison.

On November 1, 2018, shots were fired in the vicinity of a closed barber shop on Liberty Street. During the investigation of that incident, authorities recovered digital video evidence showing what appeared to be a robbery there with the three defendants being charged by a grand jury with being complicit in that robbery.

On November 3, Dominique Williams and another man who had accompanied the brothers and Wakely at the time of the November 1 incident, confronted a man, allegedly to rob him. During the confrontation, unknown persons began firing at least two guns and that s when Dominique Williams fired, killing the robbery victim.

When Dominque Williams and the man who had been with him in the November 1 incident, ran away, they were both shot, Williams in the arm and the other man who was shot died. The investigation into that double shooting is continuing.

All three subjects remain in the Orange County Jail pending sentencing in December.