Delaware man found guilty of Rockland County murder

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NEW CITY – Rockland County District Attorney Tom Walsh announced the guilty verdict of a Delaware man in the killing of Youbens Joseph on November 24, 2018, in West Nyack.

Eric Ross, Jr., 28, of Wilmington, Delaware was convicted of Murder and Criminal Possession of a
Weapon by a jury after a trial that lasted 2 weeks.

On November 24, 2018, at approximately 3:09 p.m., Ross drove to Youbs Auto Sales, located at 375 Route 59, West Nyack, to confront owner Youbens Joseph of Wallkill about a Hyundai Sonata he had recently purchased from the dealer.

Ross was upset because he was having issues with the car. A verbal altercation erupted between Ross and Joseph, during which the dealer stated that there was nothing that he could do for Ross. Moments later, the defendant drew a 9mm Ruger semi-automatic pistol and shot Joseph.

Rockland County District Attorney Tom Walsh said ” The senseless daytime killing of Youbens Joseph across the street from one of the busiest malls in the Hudson Valley left residents in shock and anger. This extreme act of violence is never the solution to any dispute. A young man is dead and a family is grieving this tragic loss.”

Walsh said his office will recommend the defendant “be sentenced to a lengthy prison term which we hope will provide a measure of justice to the victim’s family.”

The sentencing is scheduled for June 28, 2022, and Ross faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison.