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Shooting Near School Leads To 5-Year-Prison Sentence

Video helped identify man who fire gun toward Haverstraw Middle School.

After being caught on video firing a handgun toward a school in 2001, a Haverstraw man has been sentenced to five years in state prison on a weapon possession charge, according to Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe.

Rony Veras, 23, of 38 Conklin Ave., Haverstraw, was convicted of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon by a Rockalnd County jury in New City in March for an Aug. 7, 2011, incident at about 5:30 a.m. He was accused of firing a revolve toward Haverstraw Middle School.

Zugibe said Veras was identified by members of the Town of Haverstraw Police Department using the video surveillance camera system located throughout the Village of Haverstraw. Veras was the seen walking from the yard of a home near the middle school property.

The loaded revolver fired by Veras was later recovered in the yard.

The trial began on Feb. 24, 2012. Jurors deciding the case in the courtroom of Rockland County Court Judge William A. Kelly returned a verdict of guilty following three hours of deliberations.

This case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Richard Kennison Moran. 

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