May 25, 2012


Cop-Killer Sentenced To 28-1/2 Years Behind Bars, Pleasing PBA


Patrick Lynch; Decries scapgoating     

PATRICK J. LYNCH: Justice for career criminal.


The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association applauded the stiff sentence given May 23 to the man convicted of aggravated manslaughter for pushing Police Officer Alain Schaberger over a porch railing, sending him to his death, while struggling to avoid arrest on domestic-violence charges 14 months ago.

‘Keep Him Off Our Streets’

“While it will not bring back a fine New York City police officer,” PBA president Patrick J. Lynch said in a statement, “the maximum sentence of 25 years to life pronounced by the court today was appropriate and will keep a very violent career criminal off our streets. We are hopeful that the Schaberger family will find some comfort in the sentence.”

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Neil J. Firetog added 3½ years to the manslaughter term for contempt of court, saying George Villanueva had violated an order of protection granted to his longtime on-and-off girlfriend. That gives Mr. Villanueva, 43, a minimum sentence of 28½ years.

He was previously convicted of six other felonies, making an early parole unlikely.

Officer Schaberger, of the 84th Precinct, was one of four police officers trying to arrest Mr. Villanueva on March 21, 2011 in the Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn. His girlfriend, Kim Dykstra, had reported that he threatened to kill her. Other officers testified they saw Mr. Villanueva push Officer Schaberger, 42, over the two-foot-high railing. The officer fell nine feet to a concrete walkway outside a basement door.

In his statement at the sentencing hearing, Mr. Villanueva repeated the unsuccessful defense that he used at the trial: that he might be a batterer but was not a killer.

Not Exactly Repentant

“The fact of the matter is, I didn’t push your son, all right?” he told members of Officer Schaberger’s family who also spoke at the hearing. “Do the math. I’m not some idiot. I’m not going turn a simple domestic thing with my girlfriend into a murder case. My deepest condolences go out to you guys.”

Officer Schaberger’s father, Paul, said, “This guilty individual has been shown to be a brutal thug whose vicious nature makes him totally unfit to be a part of this society.”