New York Daily News

March 18, 2009 

Editorials


Justice for cop killer

Murderer of Officer Russel Timoshenko gets the life sentence he deserves

This time a jury got it right. The last of the trio that executed NYPD Officer Russel Timoshenko will be going away for life, plus some, with no hope of parole. Rot, Lee Woods.

There was worry that Woods, a violent career criminal, would beat a murder rap because two earlier juries in the case had gone horribly wrong. One gave a pass on the killing to a pal of Woods. Another deadlocked over Woods' own culpability.

The verdicts flew in the face of fact: Hardened felons Woods, Dexter Bostic and Robert Ellis were pulled over in a stolen SUV by Timoshenko and partner Herman Yan. The car's occupants opened fire at close range.

Bostic took a fall for murder, while lawyers for Ellis and Woods blew smoke that each one of them had been the driver - and thus not a shooter. As if that made any difference. But it did.

Woods won a mistrial. Ellis got off on possession of a Hi-Point 9-mm. automatic, even though the pistol had fired the shots that wounded Yan. Ellis, who had a previous conviction for the gang rape of a teen, got the maximum sentence of only 15 years.

On Monday, a new jury cut through the bull and convicted Woods of aggravated murder. The decision ends torturous legal proceedings for the Timoshenko family. Tatyana Timoshenko, Russel's mother, spoke of "relief." That is good. Perhaps his kin will find closure. But the family, the NYPD and all New York did not get the full measure of justice they deserved.