District Attorney Hoovler: Guilty Verdict in City of Newburgh Daytime Shootout Trial
Defendant Convicted of all Counts Against Him Including Attempted Murder
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, Lavelle Stackhouse, 25, of Newburgh, was convicted after a bench trial in the Orange County Court of all charges against him including Attempted Murder in the Second Degree. Stackhouse faces a maximum sentence of twenty-five years in state prison when he is sentenced on September 9, 2022. Stackhouse was remanded to the Orange County Jail without bail following the judge’s verdict. The indictment was in connection with a shooting of a man in the middle of the day on William Street, in the City of Newburgh, on September 8, 2021. The man that Stackhouse was shooting at, Joshua Hendrick, 22, of Newburgh, pled guilty on March 2, 2022, in Orange County Court to Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree for his role in the shootout.
Stackhouse was charged with and convicted of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree and Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree. As proven at trial, Stackhouse approached Hendrick on the street, pulled out a firearm and fired at Hendrick, striking Hendrick in the torso and leg. Hendrick pulled out a firearm and returned fire at Stackhouse as Stackhouse ran down the street. Another individual was shot in the shoulder during this incident. The entire shooting was captured on video.
Stackhouse fled the scene and was not located and apprehended until today with the assistance of the United States Marshall Fugitive Taskforce. The City of Newburgh Police Department were assisted in the investigation by Orange County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, the FBI Safe Streets Taskforce, United States Marshall Fugitive Taskforce, and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked all the state, local and federal law enforcement officials, who aided in the investigation and eventual apprehension of Stackhouse and the investigation of Hendrick.
“Violent, unabashed gunplay in our streets is deplorable and demands the full attention of the criminal justice system,” said District Attorney David. M. Hoovler. “The offenders in these cases need to be identified, charged, convicted and sentenced to long prison terms to make sure our community is safe for us all. The hard work to hold these offenders accountable starts with the network of dedicated law enforcement agents who work tirelessly to bring defendants such as these to justice. My Office will continue stand strong in the face of violent crime and to pursue justifiably lengthy sentences to deter such conduct in the future.”
District Attorney Hoovler highly commended Senior Assistant District Attorney Christopher Kelly and Assistant District Attorney Matthew Bennett who prosecuted the case.
This criminal charge is merely an allegation 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.