4 plead not guilty to brutal beating death

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Four people have now been charged in connection to a kidnapping and homicide in Goshen.

Officials say back in December of 2019 Michael Partridge, armed with a gun, went to the Kipp Road house where three of the defendants lived. According to investigators, Partridge fired a shotgun through the front door, went into the home and up the stairs after one of the residents.

Prosecutors say three of the defendants disarmed Partridge, and then tied him to a chair and beat him with a baseball bat. Officials say they used the fourth suspect’s car to drive Partridge to the town of Chester where they dumped his body.
Partridge was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

On Thursday, Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that Robert Haskell, 55, Timothy Smith, 37, Seth Pelsang, 30, all of Goshen, and Courtney Clemenza, 32, of Chester, were arraigned before Orange County Court Judge Craig Stephen Brown. "This man suffered a violent death that was as foreseeable as it was preventable," says Hoovler. "Individuals cannot be allowed to take the law into their own hands or settle disputes with violence.”

All four defendants have pleaded not guilty to second-degree kidnapping and first-degree unlawful imprisonment.

 

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