Goshen, NY - Bail Set At $250,000 Cash For Drug Addict Who Shot KJ Yeshivah Student
Last updated on: January 4, 2016 06:43 PM
Goshen, NY - A 26 year old Harriman man was arraigned today for shooting an unarmed Kiryas Joel man in a botched robbery outside a local convenience store in late November.
As previously reported on VIN News, Matthew Bauman was arrested and charged with attempted robbery, assault and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the River Road shooting that sent 18 year old Aron Weiss to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. Bauman, who has a history of drug related arrests, staged the robbery to finance his drug habit.
Bauman was arraigned today in Orange County Court with Judge Nicholas De Rosa setting bail at $250,000 cash or $750,000 bond. Bauman’s next court appearance is scheduled for a conference to be held on January 15th.
In a written statement released late this afternoon, Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler vowed to come down strongly on those who harm others in their quest to feed their drug addiction.
“Drug addiction drives much of the violence that plagues our communities,” said Hoovler, “and this case amply illustrates that. I have dedicated my office to an effort to help stop the drug epidemic through education and treatment. But when those efforts fail, resulting in injuries to innocent people, we will vigorously enforce the law against those whose addictions provide fuel for their violent acts.”
The Times Herald Record reported that Bauman was represented by Jean Hernon of the Orange County Legal Aid Society, who requested reasonable bail because of Bauman’s status as a lifelong county resident. Prosecutor Jason Rosenwasser argued for bail to be set at $300,000 cash or $600,000 bond, describing the incident as pre-meditated.
Rosenwasser said that because of his prior convictions Bauman faces between seven to fifteen years in jail on each of the three charges, with the possibility that his sentences may have to be served consecutively.
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