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Port Jervis Shop Owner's Killer Is Sentenced

The man convicted in the beating death of an elderly shop owner in Orange County has been sentenced.

Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler says 30-year-old Dennis McBee, of Port Jervis, was sentenced to the maximum allowed — 25 years-to-life in prison for second-degree murder. McBee was convicted in March in the November 2014 beating death of 77-year-old Josef Kucher, who owned Kucher’s Shoe Repair on Front Street in Port Jervis. Kucher, an Austrian immigrant who owned the store for 40 years, was well-known in the community. Prosecutors say McBee beat, stomped on and robbed Kucher before fleeing to nearby Pennsylvania. McBee also was sentenced to one and one-third to four years for Tampering with Physical Evidence along with concurrent sentences for other charges.

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