New York Daily News

April 2, 2009 

Cop-killer Lee Woods sentenced to life in prison plus 40 years for Timoshenko murder

BY John Marzulli


Lee Woods at his sentencing hearing on Wednesday.
Photo: Ward for News


A remorseless cop-killer was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison plus 40 years for the execution of Officer Russel Timoshenko during a car stop in Brooklyn.

Lee Woods was the last of three thugs convicted of ambushing the rookie cop and partner Herman Yan after the cops stopped their stolen SUV on July 9, 2007.

Woods, 31, refused to make a statement, but even the cold-blooded murderer appeared transfixed by the powerful words of Tatyana Timoshenko who spoke of an American dream destroyed by the loss of her beloved only son.

"Unfortunately the death penalty cannot be imposed on Mr. Woods the same way he imposed a death sentence on our son," she said.

"Russel came to this country when he was just 9-years-old...At the age of 23, with his life just beginning, you Mr. Woods, along with your co-defendants, took his life and took our lives as well.

"You stole our dreams. You stole from us everything that we worked for. Russel saw opportunities in this country and dedicated himself and sacrificed his life to protecting the people of this city. You also saw opportunities in this country and dedicated yourself to a life of crime."

Woods, 31, was at the wheel of the SUV when accomplices Dexter Bostic and Robert Ellis opened fire from inside the vehicle.

He was convicted last month after his first trial ended in a mistrial. The sentence was mandatory because of his criminal history, which included paralyzing a man in a 1993 shooting.

"There is no punishment within the court's power that can redress the loss of this fine police officer," Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Abraham Gerges said in pronouncing the mandatory sentence.

"I heard no remorse at all from the defendant."

Scores of cops applauded prosecutors Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi and Mark Hale and Timoshenko's parents as they left the courtroom.