GOSHEN – Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that Gosford Lembhard, 27, of Newburgh, was sentenced Wednesday, June 25, 2014, before Orange County Judge Nicholas De Rosa, for a drive-by shooting that he committed on Grand Street in the City of Newburgh, and for a stand-off with police three months later. Lembhard received concurrent prison sentences of eighteen years for Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, fifteen years for Attempted Assault in the First Degree, fifteen years for Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, and two and one-third to seven years for multiple counts of Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, together with one-year county jail sentences on charges of Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, and Resisting Arrest.
Trial testimony revealed that on the evening of September 9, 2012, Lembhard’s intended victim pulled up along Grand Street to let his girlfriend and her child get out of the car. Lembhard drove up, pointed a .45 caliber pistol out of the window, and fired eight times at his intended victim, while the victim’s girlfriend was still in the car, and while her child played on the sidewalk nearby. No one was injured, though the car driven by the intended victim received gunshot damage. Nearly three months later, on December 5, 2012, Lembhard barricaded himself inside a family member’s home for ten hours when police attempted to arrest him on a warrant arising from the shooting incident. Lembhard then jumped out a back window and tried to flee, carrying the pistol he had used in the earlier shooting.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the City of Newburgh Police Department for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution of this case.
"Our communities should not be forced to tolerate senseless violence committed at the point of a gun," said District Attorney Hoovler. "Today’s sentencing will help send a message to would-be shooters everywhere: Use a gun, and we will do everything in our power to see that you get the lengthy sentences you deserve."
District Attorney Hoovler commended Senior Assistant District Attorney Kelle Grimmer who was assigned the investigation and prosecution of this case.