Orange County Men Receive 12-Year Prison Sentences For Home Invasion RobberyFeb 7th, 2015 | By HV Insider | Category: Featured Articles
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that Keith Hall, 45, of Cornwall and Robert Dieckman, 37, of Newburgh, were each sentenced to 12 years in prison for a home invasion robbery they committed in the Town of Newburgh.
On November 26, 2013, Hall and Dieckman entered a home in the Town of Newburgh wearing masks and tied up a woman, who was alone in the residence, using zip-ties. The two stole money, two pistols, a videogame system and a rifle, which Dieckman used to strike the woman. They used the pistols later that night to rob a man outside 45 Mill Street, in the City of Newburgh, before being apprehended by the City of Newburgh Police Department.
An Orange County Grand Jury indicted both defendants for crimes including Robbery in the First Degree, Burglary in the First Degree, Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, Menacing in the Second Degree, Unlawful Imprisonment in the Second Degree and Criminal Possession of a Firearm. On January 6, 2015, both defendants pleaded guilty to Robbery in the First Degree in connection with the home invasion, and Attempted Robbery in the Second Degree for the incident on Mill Street. On February 6, 2015, Judge Robert H. Freehill sentenced both defendants to twelve years in prison in connection with their guilty pleas to Robbery in the First Degree, and seven years in prison on the Attempted Robbery in the Second Degree charges. The sentences will run concurrently.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the City of Newburgh Police Department and the Town of Newburgh Police Department for their investigation of the case and the fast apprehension of Hall and Dieckman.
“It is unconscionable that these two defendants terrorized a woman in her own home, and robbed another victim at gunpoint, for their own selfish reasons” said District Attorney Hoovler. “I am gratified that they will be off of our streets for at least decade. My Office will do everything in its power to see that those who commit violent crimes get what they deserve.”
Assistant District Attorney Christopher Kelly is assigned to the prosecution of the case.
A criminal charge is merely an allegation by the police that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the State of New York’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.