GOSHEN – Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced the sentencing of Donald David Leid, age 20, of Newburgh, following his conviction in Orange County Court in connection with the July 10, 2013, Newburgh shooting of a bystander in a crowd of people. Leid was convicted on January 28, 2014, before Judge Jeffrey G. Berry, of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree and Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree. Leid received a sentence on the weapon charge of seven years in prison, with five years of post-release supervision, and a concurrent sentence on the reckless endangerment charge.
During the trial, Senior Assistant District Attorney Maryellen Albanese proved that Leid had fired a 9 millimeter pistol multiple times toward a crowd of people outside of a William Street bodega. Leid’s intended victim was a man in the crowd that he had just had an argument with. One of Leid’s shots, however, hit the lower leg of a bystander in the crowd.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the City of Newburgh Police Department and the New York State Police for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution of the case.
"Gun violence plagues our communities," said District Attorney Hoovler, "and all too often results in injury or death to innocent people. Under my administration, this office will seek lengthy prison sentences for violent offenders who attempt to resolve their difficulties by resort to a gun, especially when innocent people are caught in the middle."
District Attorney Hoovler commended Senior Assistant District Attorney Albanese for her work in the investigation and prosecution of the case.