Newburgh man sentenced to 50 years to life in prison for murder of college student

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Chelsea Debidin

GOSHEN – Cornelius Stubbs, 51, of Newburgh, was sentenced in Orange County Court on Tuesday to two consecutive 25-year-to-life terms in state prison in connection with the killing September 2019 of 21-year-old college student Chelsea Debidin of Walden who was visiting her boyfriend at his New Windsor apartment.

Debidin’s boyfriend is the brother of the mother of one of Stubbs’ children. The brother was shot during the home invasion.

The indictment also charges Stubbs with a pattern of harassment of that same mother, as well as her family.

Stubbs’ codefendant, Carlos Rivera, 49, also of Newburgh, was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison. He previously pled guilty to all 10 counts he was facing, including murder, during the jury selection phase of his trial on May 2, 2022.

Stubbs was also convicted of 18 counts of criminal contempt, coercion, and two counts of harassment for having repeatedly threatened and harassed the mother of his child, as well as her brother.

“By their vile, heinous and incorrigible actions, these defendants deserve every single day of the sentences that were imposed,” said District Attorney David Hoovler. “While the hard-fought convictions and sentences will not bring back the victim in this case, I hope that the victims’ families and loved ones will be afforded a measure of closure. This case highlights the destructive and irreversible consequences of domestic violence. My Office will not cease in the pursuit of justice on behalf of victims and survivors in cases such as this one.”