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August 13th, 2014

Man Sentenced for Assaulting a Woman

Jesus Mejia

GOSHEN – Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that Jesus Mejia, 34, of Newburgh, was sentenced before Orange County Judge Nicholas De Rosa in connection with Mejia’s invasion of a woman’s bedroom and his subsequent assault on her. Mejia received a sentence of 12 years in prison after his earlier guilty plea to Assault in the First Degree, together with a term of post-release supervision. The court also issued an order of protection on the victim’s behalf, forbidding Mejia from having any further contact with her.

On November 3, 2013, at about midnight, while armed with a knife, Mejia entered the bedroom of a 59-year-old woman that he had lived with in the City of Newburgh. Inside the bedroom, Mejia cut the woman on the neck, chest, and head, and repeatedly slammed her head into the floor and into other objects, before dragging her out of the bedroom and throwing her down a flight of stairs. In addition, when the victim was at the bottom of the stairs, Mejia stabbed her with a screwdriver, causing injuries to her shoulder, neck, chest, and face. The woman suffered serious injuries, including fractures of her kneecap, tibia, fibula, ribs, spine, and clavicle. The victim required surgery and still has surgical pins and rods in her leg.

"Domestic violence is senseless violence," said District Attorney Hoovler, "and this case amply demonstrates just how senseless it can be. Mr. Mejia engaged in an unprovoked attack on a woman in her bedroom, and kept attacking, until she sustained very serious injuries. My office takes those types of crimes very seriously, and it’s nice to see that some measure of justice was dispensed today in Mr. Mejia’s prison sentence."

District Attorney Hoovler thanked the City of Newburgh Police Department for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution of this case.

District Attorney Hoovler commended Senior Assistant District Attorney Kelle Grimmer for her work on the case.

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