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Area Man Sentenced For Firing Illegally Possessed Gun In The AIr

Antonio Harriott, 27
Antonio Harriott, 27 Photo Credit: Orange County District Attorney's Office

A Hudson Valley man has been sentenced to 13 years in state prison for firing a pistol in the air during a street fight.

Antonio Harriott, 27, of Newburgh, was sentenced by Orange County Court Judge William L. DeProspo to the 13 years in addition to five years post-release supervision after being found guilty of criminal possession of a weapon by a jury, according to Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler.

At the trial, prosecutors argued that on August 4, 2017, Harriott and another man were involved in a verbal confrontation with others on Lander Street in the City of Newburgh. During the confrontation, Harriott pulled out a semiautomatic handgun that he fired into the air. Police recovered a .380 caliber shell casing from the scene, but never recovered the actual weapon.

“The community will be safer during the more than one decade that this defendant is in prison,” said Hoovler. “We cannot tolerate those who illegally carry handguns on our city streets, much less those who engage in reckless gunplay to settle disputes. My Office will continue to seek severe state prison sentences for those who illegally possess loaded firearms. We owe a debt of gratitude to all the brave police officers who work to keep our streets safe.”

District Attorney Hoovler also commended Assistant District Attorney Christopher Kelly and Assistant District Attorney Michael Purcell who prosecuted the case.

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