Cop-killer Lamont Pride found guilty

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Accused cop-killer Lamont Pride was found guilty of second-degree murder. He shot Officer Peter Figoski in 2011.

Lamont Pride was found guilty this morning in the murder of Officer Peter Figoski, the NY Post reported.

Figoski was killed while reporting to the scene of a burglary in East New York, where Pride and four other men were attempting to rob a drug dealer on December 12, 2011.

Testimony from the drug dealer was read during the trial.

Pride, 28, had confessed to possessing the gun and shooting Figoski, but claimed it was an accident. Pride said the gun discharged when he tripped as he was running away.

The jury of two men and 10 w0men found Pride guilty of second-degree murder and burglary, but not of the other four charges he faced, including first-degree murder.

If he had been found guilty of first-degree murder, he could have been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The difference between first- and second-degree murder hinges in part on whether intent is proven; the jury asked the judge to define the term “intent” before delivering their verdict.

Figoski’s four daughters were present for the full two-week duration of the trial, according to the Post.

A jury is still out in the related case against Michael Velez, accused of being the getaway driver in the attempted robbery.

 

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