Friday, December 7, 2018




Middletown man convicted of twice assaulting former intimate partner


GOSHEN – An Orange County Court jury convicted a Middletown man, Thursday, on two counts of assault and criminal contempt for twice assaulted the same woman and for violating an order of protection issued on behalf of the woman.

When sentenced, Eric Gilchrist, 40, could get up to 25 years to life in prison based on his prior criminal history.

During the trial, prosecutors maintained that Gilchrist, who had been dating and living with the woman, assaulted her on at least two occasions. On July 24 near 10 Railroad Avenue in Middletown, he became enraged at the victim, who was with another man, and slammed her face into the roof of a parked car, breaking her nose, causing black eyes, a laceration and other injuries.

On May 14, while he was in the Middletown apartment he shared with the woman at the time, he assaulted her.

Gilchrist was also convicted of violating a temporary order of protection.

“All those who suffer abuse and assault from intimate partners and former intimate partners are entitled to our support and assistance,” said District Attorney David Hoovler. “The jury’s verdict that this defendant repeatedly assaulted this woman and violated an order of protection was clearing supported by the evidence.”

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