A convicted cop killer was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for the murder of NYPD Detective Brian Moore, who was gunned down in 2015 when he and his partner tried to stop the shooter on suspicion that he was carrying a handgun.
Demetrius Blackwell, 37, had pleaded not guilty but was convicted by a jury last month on multiple counts, including murder.
A judge sentenced Blackwell to life in prison without parole for first-degree murder in the killing of Moore. He was also sentenced to “natural life” for the attempted murder of Moore’s partner and 14 years for criminal possesion of a weapon, all to be served concurrently.
“To make that simple for your compromised brain, you’re gonna die in prison. You will never breathe fresh air outside the confines of a New York State prison,” the judge said.
After the sentencing, Moore’s father, a retired NYPD sergeant, said he wished New York had the death penalty.
“I’d love to see this animal put down once and for all,” he said. “I’m speaking as a father who lost his son. …to me, that would be true justice.”
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