Alleged getaway car driver found not guilty in cop murder
Michael Velez, the alleged getaway car driver in the robbery that led to the fatal shooting of NYPD officer Peter Figoski, was acquitted of all charges on Wednesday.
Velez, 22, was found not guilty of burglary and murder in the death of Figoski on the night of Dec. 12, 2011. Velez and four others were plotting to rob a drug dealer in a Brooklyn basement apartment, but were interrupted by police.
Velez had claimed that he was not aware that the other men were planning a robbery, the NY Post reported.
Lamont Pride, the man accused of shooting Figoski, was found not guilty on Monday of intentionally murdering a police officer, but was found guilty of second-degree murder, burglary and aggravated manslaughter. He faces 25 years in prison.