Friday, October 7, 2022

Two Sentenced in New Windsor Murder

A Newburgh man will rot in prison for the rest of his life and his co-defendant will likely die in prison following their murder of a college girl in a New Windsor apartment. Over forty family members and friends, as well as members of the New Windsor Police Department and New York State Police, were present at the sentencing on Tuesday.

The charges stem from a September 2019 shooting inside a New Windsor residence which killed 21 year-old female college student Chelsea Debidin and seriously injured her boyfriend. Debidin was in an apartment visiting her boyfriend, Esteban Marreo. Marreo’s sister had a child with murderer Cornelius Stubbs’ children. Stubbs allegedly had a pattern of harassment toward Debidin and her family.

Stubbs was convicted of breaking into the New Windsor apartment and fatally shooting Debidin. He was also convicted of shooting and seriously injuring Marreo.

Cornelius Stubbs, age 51 of the City of Newburgh, will head to the state penitentiary for the rest of his life with no chance of parole. In addition to his life sentence, he will also serve an additional 25 years to life to run consecutively. Stubbs was convicted of all 31 charges against him following a jury trial in Orange County Court.

Stubbs was convicted of Murder in the 1st degree, two counts of Attempted Murder in the 1st degree, Attempted Murder in the 2nd degree, Burglary in the 1st degree, Assault in the 1st degree, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd degree. He was also convicted of ten counts of Criminal Contempt in the 1st degree, Coercion in the 1st degree, eight counts of Criminal Contempt in the 2nd degree, three counts of Aggravated Harassment in the 2nd degree, and two counts of Harassment in the 2nd degree for repeatedly threatening the mother of his child and her brother.

Carlos Rivera, age 49 of the City of Newburgh, who was Stubbs’ co-defendant, was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison. Rivera pled guilty to all ten charges against him, including Murder in the 1st degree, during the jury selection phase of the trial on May 2, 2022.

Rivera pled guilty to Murder in the 1st degree, two counts of Attempted Murder in the 1st degree, two counts of Murder in the 2nd degree, Attempted Murder in the 2nd degree, Burglary in the 1st degree, Assault in the 1st degree, Assault in the 2nd degree, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd degree.

Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler thanked the Town of New Windsor Police Department and New York State Police for their investigation and the arrest of the defendants, as well the City of Newburgh Police Department, the Town of Newburgh Police Department, and the Hudson Valley Crime Analysis Center, who aided in the investigation.

“By their vile, heinous and incorrigible actions, these defendants deserve every single day of the sentences that were imposed,” said Hoovler. “While the hard-fought convictions and sentences will not bring back the victim in this case, I hope that the victims’ families and loved ones will be afforded a measure of closure. This case highlights the destructive and irreversible consequences of domestic violence. My office will not cease in the pursuit of justice on behalf of victims and survivors in cases such as this one.”

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