Hudson Valley Man Fired Gun on Busy Local Street
A Hudson Valley man is heading to prison for firing a gun on a summer Saturday afternoon near a number of local businesses.
On Thursday, Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell announced Brian Brown, 25, of Monticello was sentenced to nine years in prison, followed by 5 years of post-release supervision, after he pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a weapon in September 2018.
Around 1 p.m. on July 22, 2017, Brown fired from a loaded handgun in the Village of Monticello on Broadway during what appeared to be a dispute between Brown and another person.
During the dispute, Brown pushed the victim into a window belonging to a local Monticello business, breaking it and causing more than $1,000 in damage to the store, officials say.
As the victim fled, Brown fired a loaded handgun in the victim's direction, leaving behind a bullet and shell casing, which were recovered by police, officials say.
The incident was captured by video surveillance, demonstrating Brown's actions and helping move his case forward despite the victim's unwillingness to cooperate with the prosecution, according to the Sullivan County DA's office.
"The imposition of a significant sentence upon this defendant who engaged in a shooting in broad daylight on a Saturday afternoon, endangering the lives of innocent people trying to enjoy local businesses and travel on a busy street, is appropriate and just," Farrell said. "We cannot and will not tolerate this intentional and violent conduct."
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