Gosford Lembhard loses bid to lower bail from standoff with Newburgh cops

Gosford Lembhard appears in Orange County Court with Gosford Lembhard appears in Orange County Court with his arm in a cast. (Dec. 6, 2012) Photo Credit: News12

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A City of Newburgh man who kept police at bay in a tense, 10-hour standoff in December had his request for a reduced bail denied Monday, officials said.

Gosford Lembhard, 26, continues to be held at the Orange County jail in lieu of $500,000 cash bail or $1 million bond on charges including attempted murder.

Lembhard's attorney, Michael Sussman of Goshen, had asked Orange County Court Judge Nicholas DeRosa to reduce Lembhard's bail to $100,000 or less, citing his "strong local ties, including two small children" and the absence of a previous criminal record.

A call to Sussman for comment was not immediately returned Monday.

The standoff was related to an incident Sept. 9, in which Lembhard allegedly shot at a man, a woman and a 4-year-old child in a car and later told acquaintances he would kill any police officer who tried to arrest him.

On Dec. 5, police went to Lembhard's Liberty Street home at 6 a.m. and attempted to serve an arrest warrant on him for allegedly skipping a November arraignment date relating to the shooting incident. Lembhard waved a gun at them and kept four people, including his 10-year-old niece, inside the house as officers took up positions outside, according to police.

Gosford Lembhard is the brother of Michael Lembhard, a 22-year-old Newburgh man who was shot dead by city police during a confrontation in March. In July, a grand jury cleared the officers involved in the shooting.

Friends and relatives of Gosford Lembhard have said the standoff was not a hostage situation and that he was holding off police out of fear that he'd meet the same fate as his brother.

The standoff ended when Gosford Lembhard jumped out a first-floor window and ran to his front porch, where he was shot with a stun gun and was tackled and subdued.

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