District Attorney Hoovler Announces State Prison Sentence in Gun Case
Defendant Pled Guilty During Trial to All Charges Against Him
District Attorney Recommended Fifteen Years in State Prison
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, Jordan Myles, 28, of Newburgh, was sentenced to seven years in state prison and five years post-release supervision in connection with illegally possessing a handgun. The defendant pled guilty to all charges of the indictment against him, including Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, during the middle of a trial in Orange County Court. At the sentencing, the District Attorney’s Office recommended that the defendant be sentenced to fifteen years in state prison.
On March 8, 2022, a trial commenced in County Court against Jordan Myles, and another person who had also been a passenger inside of a car with Myles, when it was stopped in the City of Newburgh on May 15, 2020, at about 7:50 PM, in the vicinity of Johnson Street and First Street. A loaded and operable .25 caliber Beretta handgun was found in the car. At the trial, prosecutors argued that the gun was recovered underneath the seat where Myles had been seated. In the face of overwhelming evidence against him, the defendant elected to plea guilty. During his plea, the defendant admitted to illegally possessing the loaded firearm.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the City of Newburgh Police Department, the FBI’s Safe Streets Taskforce, and the New York State Police for their investigation which resulted in the charges.
District Attorney Hoovler highly commended Executive Assistant District Attorney Leah Canton and Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Pietropaolo for handling the prosecution of Myles.
“My Office is laser focused on addressing gun violence in our streets,” said District Attorney Hoovler. “The dedicated and cooperative efforts of our law enforcement partners helped to assure that a dangerous firearm, and a perpetrator seeking to use it, was removed from the streets. The sentence in this case should serve as a warning to those who seek to illegally possess weapons in Orange County.”
A criminal charge is merely an allegation by the police that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the State of New York’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.