Orange County man pleads guilty to Hillcrest murder

NEW CITY – Josiah Williams, 17 of New Windsor, NY, pled guilty to one count of first degree manslaughter on April 11 for the 2013 killing of a Ramapo man in Hillcrest.

Williams was arrested on August 26, 2013 in Orange County more than two months after he stabbed Ricarrdo Barrett at a children’s birthday party on East Hickory Street on June 9. He was initially charged with murder, but the District Attorney’s office dropped charges down to manslaughter.

Following his arrest, he admitted to being part of an altercation between members of his family and third parties. Barrett stepped into the conflict and was attacked by Williams, who fatally stabbed him in the heart.

When he was arrested, Williams was 16 years old and charged as a youthful offender. Williams faces 3 ½ to 10 years in prison, the maximum sentence allowed for a minor.