Man who pushed cop to his death gets 32 to life

NYPD Officer Alain Schaberger was killed when a suspect allegedly pushed him over a railing, causing him to fall to his death on Sunday, March 13, 2011. (NYPD)

May 23, 2012 8:53:52 AM PDT
A man convicted of manslaughter for shoving a police officer to his death during a domestic violence call last year will spend 32 years to life in prison.

Forty-two-year-old George Villanueva also was convicted of criminal contempt this month. He was acquitted of a more serious murder charge.

Villanueva said at his sentencing Wednesday that he is innocent. He said if he'd known the officer was going to fall, he would have helped him.

Officer Alain Schaberger was responding to a domestic violence call made by Villanueva's girlfriend. He toppled 9 feet from a Brooklyn stoop in 2011, breaking his neck.

The prison term also includes a charge for violating the order of protection that touched off the incident.

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