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Pleasant Valley man gets 25 to life in Poughkeepsie murder

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

A Pleasant Valley man was sentenced to 25 years to life Thursday morning for the 2010 murder of a Poughkeepsie man in a case that initially led police to focus on the victim's daughter.

Robert Loucks was sentencedby Dutchess County Judge Stephen Greller, the judge's law clerk said Friday. He was convicted of the murder last month.

Loucks, 32, beat Robert Briceno, 63, to death in Briceno's Poughkeepsie apartment in August 2010 after trying to steal about $20,000 in insurance money the victim had received, then finding that the money was not in the apartment. Briceno happened to be in the apartment at the time of the botched theft.

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 the 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 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.

A message left with Loucks' attorney, Wappingers Falls-based Jeffrey Hoerter, was not immediately returned Friday morning.

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