GOSHEN - Two men were sentenced Monday in connection with a robbery during which the victim was beaten and stripped naked.
Ryan Levandowski, 22, of Newburgh, pleaded guilty to third-degree robbery in the case. Judge William DeProspo sentenced him in Orange County Court to the maximum for the charge, two and a third to seven years in prison.
Prince Nelson, 34, of Newburgh, was sentenced to a year in Orange County Jail for his plea to petty larceny. His lawyer, Gary Somerville, said Nelson maintains that he walked into the City of Newburgh home where the robbery was already underway on Feb. 28, and his participation was minimal.
Another defendant in the case, Cera Joyner, 31, of Newburgh, is serving two years in prison for her plea to attempted second-degree robbery. Antoine Johnson, 24, of Newburgh is awaiting sentencing for second-degree robbery, and serving 18 years in prison on an unrelated attempted murder charge. Alexandra Conlon, 23, is awaiting sentencing for attempted second-degree robbery.
The injuries suffered by the victim included broken facial bones.
The victim’s mother spoke in court, saying this crime has been a tragedy for their family. Her son was violated, she said, “held with three guns to his head and he couldn’t fight back.” She thanked police, prosecutors and the judge, and said she respects the sentencing decisions, but the perpetrators deserve more time.
Nelson and Levandowski apologized.
DeProspo tore into both men, calling them “cowards” who acted at the behest of Joyner, the victim’s ex-girlfriend.
“All you idiots did was get played by this girl,” DeProspo said as he sentenced Levandowski. “ and you’re all a bunch of cowards. You couldn’t even do her dirty work on your own.”