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Shooter in Newburgh murder gets 22 to life

GOSHEN – The trigger man in the robbery and murder of a Montgomery man in Newburgh on January 6 was sentenced on Monday to 22 years to life in state prison.

Jacquelle James, 21, of Newburgh earlier pled guilty to murder for killing Jared Plante, 36, outside Mount Saint Mary College in the city.

James’ accomplice, Daryl Daniels, 25, also of Newburgh, was sentenced to five years in prison and five years of parole.  He pled guilty to attempted robbery, claiming he was unaware that James had a gun.

James admitted that he was in Plante’s SUV with Daniels attempted to rob him of marijuana. James admitted to shooting his victim several times. Prosecutors maintained James pistol-whipped Plante before he shot him.

Plante wore a knee brace and was unable to escape from the vehicle.

Following the shooting, Plante’s vehicle struck a dormitory building on Carobene Court at MSMC.

District Attorney David Hoovler credited the work of the Newburgh City, and City and Town of Poughkeepsie police departments as well as the US Marshal Service and Georgia law enforcement authorities for solving the case and arresting James.              

“This case once again demonstrates the link between gun violence and the illicit drug trade,” said Hoovler. “My office will continue to seek severe sanctions for those who injure and kill others; and we also remain committed to doing all we can to stop the illicit drug trade which all too often is a catalyst for these types of violent crimes.”