PORT JERVIS, NY – A gunman who fired shots into a Port Jervis home in November has pleaded guilty before the Orange County Court today.
According to Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler, Christopher Sicina, 22, of Port Jervis, pled guilty in Orange County Court to one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree and one count of Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree.
“Gun violence in the streets of our communities endangers us all and will not be tolerated,” said District Attorney Hoovler. “Thankfully, no one was injured by this defendant’s criminal actions. However, vigilantism is never an appropriate means of resolving disputes. I thank the Port Jervis Police for their diligent investigation and helping to make for a safer City.”
According to court records:
On November 3, 2021 at approximately 10:30 pm, officers from the Port Jervis Police Department responded to shots fired in the vicinity of Hammond Street.
Their investigation revealed that multiple gun shots were discharged into a residence on Hammond Street, narrowly missing occupants inside. Through the investigation, the police developed Sicina as a suspect and learned that hours prior to the shooting, several residents of the house that was targeted by Sicina had physically assaulted him.
It is believed that the shooting was retaliation for the earlier assault. When police attempted to take Sicina into custody, he fled from the authorities before he was ultimately arrested. At the time of his plea, Sicina admitted to possessing an illegal, unlicensed and loaded firearm and recklessly engaging in conduct which created a grave risk of death to another person by discharging the firearm in the direction of people inside the home.
Under a plea agreement announced on the record at the time that Sicina pled guilty, the District Attorney’s Office will recommend that he serve eight years in state prison and five years of post-release supervision when he is sentenced on May 16, 2022.