A City of Newburgh ex-convict faces up to 25 years in the slammer after being found guilty of his role in a shootout in broad daylight last year. The attempted murder came less than three months after the man won an early release from prison.
The attempted murder verdict came today in Orange County Court following a bench trial, according to Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler.
The culprit, Lavelle Stackhouse, age 25, was convicted today of Attempted Murder in the 2nd degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd degree, Assault in the 2nd degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 3rd degree, and Reckless Endangerment in the 1st degree.
The incident took place on William Street in the City of Newburgh on September 8, 2021. Stackhouse approached Joshua Hendrick, age 22 of Newburgh, on the street and began firing a gun at him. Hendrick was shot in the torso and a leg. Hendrick pulled out a firearm and returned fire at Stackhouse, prompting Stackhouse to become frightened and begin running down the street.
During the shootout, a bystander was shot in the shoulder. The shooting was captured on video.
Stackhouse fled the scene and hid from authorities, likely frightened of returning to the slammer. He was eventually apprehended by the United States Marshall Fugitive Task Force. The City of Newburgh Police Department led the investigation, assisted by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Stackhouse will be sentenced on September 9, 2022. He was remanded to the Orange County Jail without bail following the judge’s verdict.
Hendrick pled guilty on March 2, 2022, in Orange County Court to Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd degree for his role in the shootout. He is awaiting sentencing.
In 2017, Stackhouse was arrested after police raided his William Street home after allegedly receiving information that he was selling drugs from there, according to an old press release from the City of Newburgh Police. They allegedly recovered 1,060 glassine envelopes of heroin and drug packaging materials worth an estimated $5,300. Stackhouse was 20 years-old at the time. He was sentenced to up to 3 1/2 in the state penitentiary, but only served nine months.
Stackhouse was sprung early on June 16, 2021. The shootout was on September 8, 2021, less than three months after his release.