Friday, February 22, 2019




Murder conviction upheld for killer of Port Jervis shoemaker



GOSHEN – The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court has affirmed the murder conviction of Dennis McBee, the former Port Jervis man who brutally killed 77-year-old Port Jervis shopkeeper Josef Kucher in his Front Street shoemaker shop on November 7, 2014.

McBee was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison in 2016.

In his appeal, McBee contended that the evidence was legally insufficient to establish that he committed a robbery at the time he killed Kucher. The appellate court did not buy into that argument.

McBee was found guilty of entering the shoe repair shop where he beat Kucher, who later died from his injuries.

In addition to the murder, McBee stole cash from the store and tried to conceal evidence of the case.

Kucher was a shoemaker in the City of Port Jervis for 40 years. He was an Austrian immigrant, military veteran and an active participant in the community.

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