Newburgh Man Receives 14 year Prison Term For Robbery and AssaultFeb 15th, 2015 | By HVI Editor | Category: Lead Article
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that Edgar Lugo, 22, of Newburgh was sentenced to 14 years in prison for having assaulted a man in Middletown with a knife during the course of a robbery.
On September 27, 2014, Lugo, and another man, separately charged Eric Martinez, 21, of Newburgh, robbed two men at knife point in the City of Middletown. During the course of the second robbery, Lugo stabbed his victim multiple times with a knife before stealing his cash and wallet. The victim was found in a pool of blood and was treated at Orange Regional Medical Center for life threatening injuries from which he subsequently recovered.
Martinez and Lugo were arrested by the City of Middletown Police Department. An Orange County Grand Jury charged both men with crimes including Assault in the First Degree and Robbery in the First Degree. Lugo was indicted on additional charges of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree and Assault in the First Degree. On January 8, 2015, Lugo pleaded guilty to Assault in the First Degree. On February 10, 2015, Orange County Court Judge Jeffrey G. Berry sentenced Lugo to 14 years in state prison, and ordered him to pay $73,000 towards his victim’s medical bills.
Martinez pled guilty to Robbery in the First Degree on January 8, 2015, and is scheduled to be sentenced on February 25, 2015.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the City of Middletown Police Department, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Newburgh Police Department for their investigation of the case and the quick apprehension of Lugo and Martinez.
“This was a particularly vicious attack which easily could have resulted in the loss of life.” said District Attorney Hoovler. “Any person who inflicts these types of injuries on someone merely to steal a few dollars is a danger to our community. I am gratified that this defendant has been sentenced to 14 years in prison. My Office will do everything in its power to see that those who commit violent crimes get what they deserve.”
Senior Assistant District Attorney Maryellen Albanese is assigned to the prosecution of these cases.