Port Jervis Man Gets Nine Year Prison Term for Shooting into Home

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PORT JERVIS, NY – A Port Jervis 22-year-old was sentenced to eight years in New York state prison with five years of post release supervision after pleading guilty to firing a weapon into a home.

Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced Christopher Sicina, 22, was sentenced to prisonin connection with his guilty plea 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.

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,” the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said. “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.”

“The possession and use of illegal handguns deserves appropriate punishment,” said District Attorney Hoovler.  “While no one was injured by this defendant’s criminal actions, his behavior was nonetheless violent and dangerous.  I am glad that an illegal handgun, and the person responsible for possessing and using it, are both off the street.  I thank the Port Jervis Police for their diligent investigation and helping to make for a safer City.”