Headlines: Legal troubles for former NBA star Ben Gordon, $230,000 fraud charge, rape sentence

Here are some stories making headlines across the Hudson Valley.

News 12 Staff

Mar 26, 2024, 10:04 AM

Updated 18 days ago

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Here are some stories making headlines across the Hudson Valley.
Former NBA guard and Mount Vernon native, Ben Gordon, could get a chance at redemption after legal troubles. He was arrested after a disturbance at a Connecticut juice shop last year. Police said several 911 callers reported that he was acting aggressive and bizarre. Officers say they forced an arrest and found a folding knife clipped to his pocket, as well as a stun gun and brass knuckles in his backpack. Gordon will be in a supervised probation program until September. Weapons and threatening charges will be erased if he doesn't commit any crimes and follows other conditions during the 18-month probation.
A Mount Vernon businessman and community activist has been convicted on federal charges for wire and mail fraud. Derickson Lawrence is accused of wiring about $230,000 from a bank account with employees' wages to his brokerage account over two years. He also allegedly used the money to pay debit cards that he gave to himself and family members. He was convicted in Virginia. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, he'll be sentenced.
A New Windsor man will spend 7 years in prison for rape. According to the Orange County DA, 18-year-old Alejandro Benitez pled guilty to raping a person under 15 years old. He also faces 20 years of post-release supervision and has to register as a sex offender.


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