Scott Corr pleads guilty in gun-shop burglary and murder conspiracy

District attorney: Corr helped steal guns, then conspired to kill the witness against him

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  • Scott Corr

— Scott Corr, 46, of Port Jervis pled guilty in connection with the burglary of a Port Jervis sporting goods store, and his later conspiracy to kill a witness, Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler announced July 7.

Corr pled guilty before County Court Judge Nicholas De Rosa to criminal possession of a weapon in the first degree and conspiracy in the second degree. When he is sentenced on Sept. 2, he is expected to receive an agreed-on sentence of 14 years in prison on the weapon charge, concurrent to a 6-to-12-year sentence on the conspiracy charge. In addition, the 2002 BMW x5 used in the commission of the burglary and weapon offenses was forfeited to the District Attorney’s Office.

Corr’s plea represents the latest chapter in a months-long investigation into and prosecution of several offenses arising from the Oct. 14, 2013, burglary of Sam and Mable’s Sports Shop in Port Jervis. A number of handguns and rifles were stolen in the burglary. Two other men, one of them Corr’s stepson, committed the burglary, and Corr drove the getaway car.

Corr and his wife, Rose Corr, later transported the stolen guns to Newburgh, where Corr attempted to sell them. A number of the weapons have since surfaced in various shootings and car searches in the Newburgh area, and Hoovler says three of the weapons have been turned in to his office. A joint investigation by the state police and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office later revealed that Corr had conspired to murder one of the witnesses against him regarding the burglary and weapon charges.

The two other burglars have been sentenced to state prison, and, in light of her relatively minor role in the crimes, Rose Corr was permitted to plead guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge.

District Attorney Hoovler gave credit to the Port Jervis Police, the City of Newburgh Police, the New York State Police Major Crimes Unit, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office for their roles in the investigation of the cases. In addition, the District Attorney commended District Attorney’s investigators for their assistance in the investigations. District Attorney Hoovler commended Assistant District Attorney Kerry Kolek for her prosecution of the series of cases.

“This series of cases amply shows what can happen when law enforcement works together,” said Hoovler. “As a result of the efforts of several agencies, a burglary has been solved, a number of the stolen guns have been recovered, a murder has been averted, and three illegal gun transporters are off the street. Joint efforts of law enforcement like these can only result in safer communities for all of us.”

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