A man who had been found by the side of the road in the Village of Chester and pronounced dead. At a house that he went to in Goshen, residents Robert Haskell (55), Seth Pelsang (30), and Timothy Smith (37) were armed with a shotgun. Allegedly, they disarmed and restrained, then beat him with a baseball bat. Prosecutors argued that all the defendants helped tie-up the injured man. Prosecutors say the man was slayed on Kipp Rd. in Goshen, was then placed inside Clemenza’s car anddriven to an area in the Village of Chester where he was left on the side of the road, bound and wounded. After about twenty minutes a motorist noticed the motionless, bound man. He was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead.
Haskell, Smith and Pelsang were charged with crimes including Murder in the Second Degree and Kidnapping in the Second Degree. Haskell was also charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree. Clemenza was charged with crimes including Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Kidnapping in the Second Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
Clemenza, Pelsang and Haskell were remanded to the Orange County Jail with no bail. Smith was remanded to the jail in lieu of bail in the amount of $750,000 cash, $5,000,000 secured bond or $6,000,000 partially secured bond. Haskell is next scheduled to appear in court on February 27, 2020; Smith on February 24, 2020; Pelsang on February 20, 2020 and Clemenza on February 25, 2020.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the New York State Police for their investigation and the arrest of the defendants, as well as the Village of Chester Police who aided in the investigation.
“This man suffered a violent death that was as foreseeable as it was preventable,” said District Attorney David M. Hoovler. “Individuals cannot be allowed to take the law into their own hands or settle disputes with violence. My deepest condolences go out to the family and loved ones of the deceased victim.”
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Julie Mohl.