Fifteen Years In State Prison For Haverstraw Man Convicted In Violent Beating Of Neighbor 20 February 2014
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that William Lewis (DOB
04/23/83) of 47 New Main Street, Haverstraw, New York was sentenced to 15 years in state prison
and five years post release supervision after being convicted following a jury trial of:
- One count of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a class “B” Violent Felony
- One count of Assault in the First Degree, a class “B” Violent Felony
On December 5, 2012, Lewis violently attacked a fellow resident of the New Main Street Hotel in
the Village of Haverstraw with the intent of robbing him. During the vicious assault, the defendant
struck the victim with a guitar, stabbed him with a jagged edge of a broken light bulb and strangled
him with a cord.
The victim sustained a skull fracture, a fracture of right eye orbit, two fractured ribs and numerous
lacerations during the attack. As a result, he spent two weeks in a coma and a month recovering at
Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. Additionally, the victim suffered permanent vision
The December, 2012 attack occurred nine months following Lewis’ release from state prison. He
had served nine years for a robbery in New York City.
Executive Assistant District Attorney Stephen Moore prosecuted the case.