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Posted on: November 6, 2023

Dix Hills Man Sentenced to 25 Years to Life in Prison for Murder of Elderly Uncle

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David Cahoon stabbed 70-year-old uncle 16 times in December 2018 

MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Anne T. Donnelly announced that a Dix Hills man was sentenced today to 25 years to life in prison for stabbing his elderly uncle to death in his Levittown home in 2018.  

David Cahoon, 44, was convicted by a jury on June 8, 2023, after a trial before Judge Robert Bogle of Murder in the Second Degree (an A-I felony); Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree (a D felony); and Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree (an E felony).

The defendant was sentenced today to 25 years to life in prison.

“Concerned staff at the Milleridge Inn restaurant noticed William Cahoon’s absence for several weeks after dining on the same nights for decades, and alerted authorities fearing something had happened to him,” said DA Donnelly. “Sadly, their concern was confirmed when William’s body was found, viciously stabbed 16 times by his nephew. David Cahoon murdered his uncle and stole from him. With this lengthy prison sentence, he is being held accountable for his violence.”

DA Donnelly said that on January 4, 2019, the body of 70-year-old William Cahoon was found by members of the Nassau County Police Department in a back bedroom of his home in Levittown with approximately 16 stab wounds to his head, neck, and chest. 

The officers responded to the home following a request for a wellness check on the victim by staff at the Milleridge Inn. Mr. Cahoon was a regular at the establishment and had dinner there every Friday and Saturday for 25 years. Restaurant staff became concerned about his wellbeing after he didn’t show up for approximately four weeks.

Following an investigation, it was determined the victim was killed on December 3, 2018, by his nephew, David Cahoon. 

Cahoon was arrested by NCPD Detectives on June 19, 2019.

The investigation also revealed the defendant stole $1,800 from the victim by fraudulently cashing a check from the victim’s bank account.

Senior Litigation Counsel Ania Pulaski is prosecuting the case. Michael Soshnick, Esq. represents the defendant.


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