Life in prison for cop killer

February 25, 2009 3:15:24 PM PST
A Brooklyn judge has sentenced Dexter Bostic to life in prison. Dexter Bostic was convicted of murdering NYPD Officer Russel Timoshenko in July 2007.

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Timoshenko was shot twice in the face after stopping a stolen SUV.

Timoshenko's partner, Herman Yan, was also shot, but he survived.

Prosecutors argued Bostic and two others acted as a team to shoot the officers after they were caught with a stolen SUV and with illegal weapons in the vehicle.

Prosecutors argued Bostic shot and killed Timoshenko, while Robert Ellis simultaneously shot Yan.

Ellis was acquitted of murder and attempted-murder chargers.

Ellis was found guilty of weapon possession for having one of two guns that were fired at the officers on July 9, 2007.

Lee Woods, the alleged driver was standingn trial, but a mistrial was declared after a juror became sick and couldn't continue with deliberations. Defense lawyers refused to consent to restarting deliberations with an alternate juror, compelling the judge to order the mistrial.

The three men were tried by separate trials.


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