A Hudson Valley man was beaten to death on a railroad bed behind a cemetery. His friend is facing a number of charges.

On Tuesday in Orange County Court, 27-year-old Primitivo Sosa of Middletown was indicted for on two-counts of manslaughter, three-counts of assault and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the beating death of a man near the train tracks in downtown Middletown.

On Sept. 3 around 4:30 a.m., Sosa went to the railroad where a number of men were sleeping near the railroad tracks.

During an argument with one of the men, Sosa wrapped a flexible object around a 31-year-old man’s neck, dragged him by neck and struck him before leaving, officials say.

About two hours later, Sosa is accused of returning and punching the man 10 or more times in the head. The man died the next day.

“Violence has no place in our communities,” Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler said. “Those who resort to violence to settle disputes, even if they do not use weapons, must be held accountable for their actions.”

On Sept 5, Sosa was arrested by the City of Middletown Police Department. He remains incarcerated in the Orange County Jail.

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