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Port Jervis man convicted of killing girlfriend

GOSHEN – A Port Jervis man faces 25 years to life in state prison when sentenced next month on his conviction that he murdered his live-in girlfriend.

An Orange County Court jury found David Stevenson, 39, guilty of second-degree murder for bludgeoning TyRochelle Haughton with a hammer and slashing her throat several times with a butcher knife. The jury also found Stevenson set fire to the Port Jervis home where he, the victim and her three children lived. The victim’s dog died in the fire he set in an apparent suicide attempt.

Stevenson was also convicted of two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and cruelty to animals in connection with the January 15, 2013 crime.

Prosecutors argued that Stevenson killed Haughton because she planned on leaving him with her kids. He had written a note saying that he could never be happy without the victim, and so no one should be happy.

District Attorney David Hoovler sale the case “is a start reminder of the horrors of domestic violence. My office will continue to hold accountable those who batter and injure those that they live with.”