District Attorney Hoovler Announces Prison Sentence
In Fatal Automobile Collision Case
Kingston Man Sentenced to 3 1/3 to 10 Years in Prison for Killing 37 Year Old Passenger While Driving Intoxicated and Under the Influence of Marijuana
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Monday November 27, 2017, James Black, 29, of Kingston, was sentenced by Orange County Court Judge Craig Stephen Brown to three and one-third to ten years in state prison in connection with the death of a 37 year old man who had been a passenger in Black’s pick-up truck on December 22, 2016. On October 2, 2017, Black pleaded guilty to Vehicular Manslaughter in the First Degree. At the time Black pleaded guilty, he admitted that he had been driving his pick-up truck on Quaker Street in the Town of Newburgh, at approximately 1:46 pm, when the truck left the roadway and collided into a tree, killing his passenger. It is alleged that Black admitted speeding being under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision. The indictment alleged that his blood alcohol content was .19 per centum by weight of alcohol. Black, who also suffered injuries in the collision, was not immediately arrested, and the collision was investigated by the Town of Newburgh Police Department and an Orange County Grand Jury.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the Town of Newburgh Police Department for their investigation of the case and Black’s apprehension.
“This case is yet another reminder of the deadly consequences of driving while intoxicated, which continue to devastate the lives of far too many victims, victims’ families, offenders and offenders’ families,” said District Attorney Hoovler. “Deaths caused by intoxicated drivers are as tragic as they are preventable. Those who drive while intoxicated, place the public, and themselves, at risk of death and other serious harm, and must be dealt with severely. I urge all who are tempted to drive in that condition to consider the consequences; not only of prison, but of knowing that you were solely responsible for the death of an innocent person, or a loved one. I thank the Town of Newburgh Police Department for their professionalism in handling this case and particularly for their working closely with my office in this investigation.”
This case was prosecuted by Chief Trial Assistant District Attorney John Geidel.