Pleasant Valley man found guilty in 2010 Poughkeepsie slaying

The Poughkeepsie Police Department is shown in this The Poughkeepsie Police Department is shown in this file photo. (Feb. 28, 2012) Photo Credit: Lee Ferris

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A Pleasant Valley man was convicted Wednesday of murdering a 63-year-old Poughkeepsie man in a case that initially led police to focus on the victim's daughter.

Robert Loucks, 32, beat Robert Briceno to death in Briceno's Poughkeepsie apartment in August 2010 after learning that the victim had received about $20,000 in insurance money, then finding that the money was not in the apartment.

Loucks heard about the insurance money from his estranged wife, who lived in the same apartment building as Briceno, police said.

By the time Loucks broke into Briceno's home, the money had been given to a friend of Briceno's for safekeeping, according to Marjorie Smith, head of the Dutchess County district attorney's special victims unit.

Prosecutors originally charged Briceno's 40-year-old daughter Debra in the killing, but eventually dropped the case against her.

Loucks was formally charged with the murder in December 2011. At that time, he had already been charged with the 2010 strangulation murder of his pregnant girlfriend, Tyrese Storms, 25, a Poughkeepsie strip club manager.

Loucks was sentenced to 20 years to life for that crime, Smith said.

Loucks faces 25 years to life in the Briceno murder. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 15.

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