A Hudson Valley man confessed to murdering a local man who was doing yard work outside his home.

On Thursday, Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced a guilty plea into a murder around Halloween.

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Damante T. Stansberry of Middletown, New York pleaded guilty to murder in the second degree in connection with the death of a Wallkill man who was found stabbed multiple times inside the detached garage of his Town of Wallkill residence.

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Jeffrey Harris, 53, lived at 33 Brookline Avenue. He was found stabbed to death in a garage at his home.

“There is no place where people should feel safer than in their own homes,” Hoovler said. “My deepest condolences go out to the family and loved ones of the victim in this case, who was senselessly killed while working in his own backyard on a Sunday afternoon. I commend the Town of Wallkill Police Department, and all of the agencies that aided them, for their ceaseless efforts in this case.”

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Stansberry faces 15 years to life in prison when sentenced. He is next scheduled to appear in court on June 12, 2023.

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