A New Windsor man pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted murder in connection with a shooting in October, Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler announced.

Ryan Discua, 23, also known as ‘Soda Pop’ in the community, admitted to attempted murder and criminal possession of a nine-millimeter handgun – both second-degree offenses – in court on Monday, Dec. 16, Hoovler said.

Discua was arrested on Oct. 10 as a result of the shooting, which took place the night before in Newburgh. The man who was shot, Hoovler said, suffered serious physical injury.

“This defendant endangered numerous residents, not just the man he attempted to kill,” said Hoovler. “The City of Newburgh community deserve to be free from wanton gunplay on the streets where they live, work and raise their families.  I thank the City of Newburgh Police Department, the New York State Police and the Town of New Windsor Police for their actions on this case and their untiring efforts to prevent additional violence.”

In exchange for the guilty plea, the DA’s office is recommending 18 years in state prison for Discua, who will face sentencing on Jan. 30, 2020. Additionally, the 10-year sentence for the weapons charge would run concurrently with the 18-year sentence, Hoovler said.

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