BROOKLYN - Convicted cop killer Lamont Pride has been sentenced to 45 years to life in prison for the death of NYPD Detective Peter Figoski.
The 28-year-old was convicted earlier this month of second-degree murder and second-degree aggravated manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Figoski during a botched home robbery in December 2011. He was acquitted of the top charge of aggravated murder in the first degree, allowing him to escape a possible life sentence without parole.
The charges outraged the victim's family and NYPD advocates, who are now pushing for the Figoski Law. If passed, anyone convicted of killing an officer would receive a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.
A second man, Michael Velez, was acquitted of all charges. Two other suspects allegedly involved in the robbery are still awaiting trial. A third worked out a plea deal.