POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- A Poughkeepsie man pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder on Thursday in connection with an August 2016 robbery in the Town of Wallkill that left one person paralyzed.
Jaylin Smith, 19, will be sentenced on July 14 and is expected to receive an 18-year-sentence for the robbery of several people and the shooting of one, according to Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler.
The incident took place around 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 13, 2016, when Smith and an accomplice approached a group of people standing on a Town of Wallkill street, Hoovler said.
At gunpoint, the two men ordered their victims to stand against a nearby car and stole property from them. After the robbery, at least one of the men shot one of the victims twice, Hoovler added.
Bullets were removed from the victim’s back, near his spine, as well as his chest, near his heart, leaving him paralyzed, Hoovler said.
“Senseless gun violence hurts our communities, especially when it is directed at innocent people in order to take their property,” Hoovler said. “My office takes gun violence very seriously, and we all should be glad to know that a defendant as dangerous as this one will be off the street for a significant amount of time.”
Hoovler thanked the New York State Police for their efforts in the investigation and prosecution of the case.
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