Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Monday, March 20, Sherlan Simpson, 37, of Newburgh, was sentenced to an aggregate term of imprisonment of 20-22 years to be followed by five years of post-release supervision in connection to his conviction after a jury trial in the Orange County Court of all charges against him including Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and Perjury in the First Degree. At sentencing, the Court imposed an eighteen (18) year sentence on the drug counts and two to four (2-4) years on the perjury count, but ordered that those sentences run consecutively, acknowledging both the distinct and serious nature of that charge.
As alleged at trial, on January 6, 2021 Simpson was stopped for a vehicle and traffic violation in the vicinity of State Route 32 in the Town of Woodbury. New York State Troopers observed a backpack in the back seat of Simpson’s vehicle. Simpson then fled the traffic stop in his car, racing into the Woodbury Commons where surveillance video showed a backpack being thrown from the car. Members of the New York State Police recovered the bag from where the defendant threw it and inside was the defendant’s personal belongings as well as two kilos of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $200,000. Subsequent DNA analysis of the contents of the bag matched the defendant.
When evidence in the case was presented to the Orange County Grand Jury five days later, the defendant elected to testify on his own behalf, as is his right. However, after taking the oath to tell the truth, the defendant proceeded to deny that he ever had a backpack in the car or threw the backpack from the car.
Hoovler thanked the New York State Police for their investigation which led to the arrest of the defendant. District Attorney Hoovler also thanked the Town of Woodbury Police Department for their assistance during the apprehension of the defendant.
“A huge quantity of drugs was intercepted by the police in this case before it could be spread throughout our community,” said District Attorney David. M. Hoovler. “The lengthy and appropriate sentence imposed on this defendant reflects the serious nature of his crimes and criminal history. My office, together with our law enforcement partners, will continue to address through arrest and prosecution the pernicious spread of narcotics in the County. The defendant’s bold lies before the Grand Jury strike at the very heart of our criminal justice system and merited the consecutive sentence imposed by the Court.”