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Thursday, February 28, 2019

A Senseless Murder in Poughkeepsie

     Fannie Gumbinger lived in a middle-class, residential neighborhood in Poughkeepsie, New York, a Hudson Valley town of 75,000, 65 miles north of New York City. The 99-year-old had lived in the house on Underhill Avenue for 38 years. She had lived there alone since her husband died in 2007.

     At seven o'clock on the morning of August 21, 2013, Mrs. Gumbinger's caretaker, sensing that something was wrong in the elderly woman's house, called 911. Poughkeepsie police officers entered the dwelling and found Fannie Bumbinger dead. She had been beaten and her house had been burglarized. Detectives assumed the victim had been murdered by the burglar.

     On Friday night, August 23, police officers arrested Javon Tyrek Rogers. Investigators believed the 20-year-old had recently broken into at least five homes in Poughkeepsie. On August 24 at his arraignment, Rogers pleaded not guilty to burglary and first-degree murder. He was held, without bond, in the Dutchess County Jail.

     Poughkeepsie Police Chief Ron Knapp, who called the crime a "truly senseless killing," told reporters that Rogers had admitted burglarizing the Gumbiner home as well as killing its occupant.

     In November 2014, following his guilty plea, Dutchess County Judge Stephen Greller sentenced Rogers to 50 years to life in prison.

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