If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.
Two City of Newburgh ex-convicts are each facing a decade in the state penitentiary after police busted them with illegal guns over the Fourth of July weekend. Police were investigating calls for gunshots fired at the time of their arrests.
Both of the scoundrels got early starts at their lives of crime – the 22 year-old and 23 year-old have already served prison time.
The Newburgh News first reported on their latest havoc against society in July of 2022 (story here).
At around 1:00 am on July 5, 2022, the City of Newburgh Police Department was alerted to several Shot Spotter activations. The series of electronic devices detects gunfire in the city and notifies police of the location.
While police were processing two separate shooting scenes on North Miller Street, officers broke to respond to another Shot Spotter activation on Farrington Street. Police responded and discovered two shell casings. They also found a vehicle that was struck by gunfire.
During the course of their investigation, police recovered a .45 caliber handgun concealed in a backpack that was abandoned outside a nearby residence, as well as a loaded .38 caliber revolver thrown in a garbage can.
Detectives reviewed surveillance video from the area which showed both defendants entering the building without a backpack. Patterson allegedly exited the building wearing the backpack containing the .45 caliber gun, which he placed under a box before fleeing the scene. Further video reportedly shows Peacock hand a .38 caliber revolver to Patterson, who then put that firearm into a nearby garbage can.
Deandre Peacock, age 22, and Deon Patterson, age 23, both of the City of Newburgh, were arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd degree. Peacock later made admissions to police that he possessed the firearm.
While at Orange County Court on Thursday, both men pleaded guilty to the felony weapons charges. During the plea proceedings, both Patterson and Peacock admitted that they unlawfully possessed a loaded firearm.
Under the plea agreement, the Orange District Attorney’s Office will recommend that Patterson serve eleven years in state prison and five years of post-release supervision. They will also recommend Peacock serve nine years in state prison and five years of post-release supervision. Both are scheduled to be sentenced on October 24, 2022.
The District Attorney’s Office stated they are recommending a longer sentence for Patterson in light of his possession of both guns, as well as in consideration of his prior criminal history.
Public records indicate Patterson and Peacock both served time in the slammer for other crimes.
On June 15, 2017, Patterson was sent to the state pen for Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd degree in Orange County, according to public records. He was sentenced to up to four years in prison. On February 4, 2021, he was paroled. He remained on parole until August 4, 2022.
On October 30, 2017, Peacock went to the state slammer for Robbery in the 2nd degree in Orange County. He was sentenced to up to 3 1/2 years in prison. On August 2, 2021, he was paroled. He remains on parole until April 19, 2024.
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler thanked the City of Newburgh Police Department for their investigation and the arrest of Patterson and Peacock. “Each illegal gun taken off the street is one taken out of the hands of potentially violent criminals,” said Hoovler. “I commend the dedicated work of the City of Newburgh Police Department to investigate these cases, recover the weapons and arrest those responsible.”