A Hudson Valley man faces over 10 years behind bars for shooting a man in 2018.

On Tuesday in Orange County Court, 21-year-old Modesto Santiago of Middletown pleaded guilty to assault, in connection with the August 2018 shooting of Middletown man.

At the time that he pleaded guilty, Santiago admitted that on August 30, 2018, at approximately 7:30 pm, he shot a man on Monhagen Avenue in Middletown with a .380 caliber pistol.

Santiago was arrested the day after the shooting occurred. The victim was hospitalized for injuries he sustained in the shooting.

“I commend the City of Middletown Police Department for their investigation of this case and for their quick apprehension of the defendant,” Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler said. “My office will continue to work with all our law enforcement partners in reducing gun violence and will seek severe state prison sentences for all those who use illegally possessed guns to settle their disputes.”

As part of the plea agreement, the District Attorney’s Office will recommend a 12-year prison sentence. The judge stated that he would sentence Santiago to up to ten years in state prison and five years post-release supervision.

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