Jury Convicts Haverstraw Man of Firing Weapon Toward Haverstraw Middle School

Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe announced this week that Rony Veras (DOB 05/28/89) of 38 Conklin Avenue, Haverstraw, New York was convicted after a jury trial of the sole count of the indictment charging him with:

One count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class “C” Violent Felony

On August 7, 2011, at approximately 5:30 a.m., Veras fired a revolver towards the Haverstraw Middle School in the Village of Haverstraw. The defendant was identified by members of the Town of Haverstraw Police Department using the video surveillance camera system located throughout the village.

Veras was observed walking from the yard of a home near the middle school property. The loaded revolver fired by the defendant was later recovered in the yard. The defendant’s trial began on February 24, 2012. Jurors deciding the case in the courtroom of Rockland County Court Judge William A. Kelly returned a verdict of guilty today following three hours of deliberations. Veras is scheduled for sentencing on June 7, 2012. He faces a possible state prison sentence of up to 15 years. This case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Richard Kennison Moran.