On July 9, 2019, Johnathan Rice, a/k/a “Pretty” was convicted in Dutchess County Court of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Assault in the First Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree. The 8-woman and 4-man jury deliberated for two days before convicting Rice of all four counts. The conviction comes as a result of an investigation conducted by the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department (including the Neighborhood Recovery Unit), the Dutchess County Drug Task Force, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office.
The jury found that on September 5, 2018, Johnathan Rice attempted to kill a victim in the area of 84 Academy Street, Poughkeepsie, NY, by shooting the victim three times as the victim sat on a bicycle. The evidence included testimony and physical evidence linking the defendant, and several other individuals, all from New York City, to a narcotics operation conducted in the area of Montgomery Street, Poughkeepsie. During the course of the trial, which began on June 24, 2019, the jury heard from dozens of witnesses and received more than 200 exhibits. The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorneys Sara J. Thompson and Michael W. Brady. The defendant was represented by Christopher Renfroe and Eric Renfroe. The Honorable Peter M. Forman presided over the trial.
A hearing to determine whether the defendant is a mandatory persistent violent felony offender is scheduled for September 24, 2019, at 1:30 p.m., with sentencing to follow thereafter.