GOSHEN – Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, Carlos Melendez, 29, of Newburgh, was convicted after a jury trial, before Orange County Court Judge Craig Stephen Brown, of Assault in the First Degree, Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, for having struck two men in the City of Newburgh with a padlock and chain.
At the trial prosecutors argued that on May 20, 2017, at about 1:41 a.m. in the vicinity of 478 Broadway, Melendez used a padlock and chain as a flail to strike two men in the head, said District Attorney David Hoovler.
One of the men suffered life-threatening serious physical injuries as a result of the assault and required hospitalization.
Melendez faces up to twenty-five years in state prison for the charge of Assault in the First Degree for seriously injuring one victim, and an additional one and one-third to four years in state prison for the charge of Attempted Assault in the Second Degree for striking the other victim.
Those charges may run consecutively to each other. Melendez faces up to seven years in state prison on the charge of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree for illegally possessing the padlock and chain as a weapon, which must run concurrently with the other charges. In total Melendez faces up to twenty-six and one-third to twenty-nine years in state prison when he is sentenced on Feb 22, 2018.
“The evidence in this case supported the jury’s verdict that this defendant intended on causing serious physical injury to at least one of his victims,” said District Attorney Hoovler. “This defendant’s conduct could easily have resulted in the loss of life and is deserving of a lengthy sentence of incarceration. I commend the City of Newburgh Police Department for their professional investigation of case and their arrest of the defendant. My office will continue to seek severe state prison sentences for those who resort to the use of violence and weapons.”