New York Daily News

February 28, 2013


 

Lamont Pride, killer of NYPD Officer Peter Figoski, gets 45-year sentence after Figoski family shares grief in courtroom


Pride was convicted in Feb. of felony murder but escaped a first degree murder conviction. He 'won't be missed,' Figoski's mom says of Pride.

By Barry Paddock , Oren Yaniv AND Larry Mcshane / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Lamont Pride, the convicted murderer of officer Peter Figoski, was sentenced to 45 years to life in prison.
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Lamont Pride, the convicted murderer of officer Peter Figoski, was sentenced to 45 years to life in prison.

Unrepentant cop-killer Lamont Pride was sentenced Thursday to 45 years to life in prison for the 2011 murder of Officer Peter Figoski after a Brooklyn armed robbery.

The slain officer’s four daughters joined his mother and ex-wife in the Brooklyn courtroom for the sentencing of the killer who destroyed the family’s dreams with a bullet from his 9-mm. pistol.

The heart-rending statements from the Figoski clan left some people weeping during an emotional hearing after which Pride received the maximum sentence for murder and two other charges.

Mary Anne Figoski, 79, read a statement praising her slain son and condemning the officer’s killer for taking him away from his loving family.

One of the daughters of slain police officer Peter Figoski leaves court after sentencing of Lamont Pride.
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One of the daughters of slain police officer Peter Figoski leaves court after sentencing of Lamont Pride.

“We have many wonderful memories of him, but there will always be that empty space at the table and that special card that will never be sent,” she said.

“Peter will always be missed by many people. Lamont Pride will be missed by no one.”

One of the killer’s brothers interrupted: “I will miss him!” He was quickly hushed before the six Figoski family members continued with their statements.

Slain Police Officer Peter Figoski's daughters and ex-wife entered Brooklyn Supreme Court for the sentencing of the cop's killer.
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Slain Police Officer Peter Figoski's daughters and ex-wife entered Brooklyn Supreme Court for the sentencing of the cop's killer.

Pride, 28, was convicted of felony murder on Feb. 11 for gunning down the 47-year-old veteran cop while fleeing a Brooklyn apartment after robbing a pot dealer.

But he offered no apology to the Figoski family before the sentence was handed down, instead addressing his own relatives.

“I just want to apologize to my family for putting them though this,” said Pride before he was led away. “I want to let my two brothers know as long as I got you in my corner ’til the end, we’re gonna stand tall.

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Alan Marrus ordered Pride’s sentences for murder, burglary and aggravated manslaughter to run consecutively before addressing the Figoski daughters.

This undated file photo provided by the New York City Police Dept. shows Officer Peter Figoski, who was shot in the face and killed early Monday morning, Dec. 12, 2011, while responding to a report of a break-in at a Brooklyn apartment.
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This undated file photo provided by the New York City Police Dept. shows Officer Peter Figoski, who was shot in the face and killed early Monday morning, Dec. 12, 2011, while responding to a report of a break-in at a Brooklyn apartment.

“I speak as a father, not as a judge: Your father would have been very proud of you today,” he said.

Marrus then turned his attention to Pride: “It is my intention that the defendant serves this sentence for the rest of his life.”

Figoski’s ex-wife sobbed once the sentence was imposed, and shared a hug with each of her daughters.

Paulette Figoski, the ex-wife of slain officer Peter Figoski, leaves the Brooklyn courtroom.
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Paulette Figoski, the ex-wife of slain officer Peter Figoski, leaves the Brooklyn courtroom.

Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association head Patrick Lynch hailed the maximum sentence imposed on Pride.

“Should this cold-blooded cop-killer survive over four decades in prison and become eligible for parole, I can promise you that a new generation of PBA members will be there to voice our vehement opposition to his release,” said Lynch.

The Figoskis gathered on the second floor of the courthouse before the sentencing, exchanging hugs before heading into Marrus’ courtroom. When they left, uniformed cops applauded.

The family was joined by parents of two officers slain in unrelated earlier crimes: Alain Schabarger’s father, and Russel Timoshenko’s mom.

Daughters of slain police officer Peter Figoski leave Brooklyn Supreme Court on February 28 2013, following the sentencing of their father's murderer Lamont Pride.
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Daughters of slain police officer Peter Figoski leave Brooklyn Supreme Court on February 28 2013, following the sentencing of their father's murderer Lamont Pride.

A Brooklyn jury deliberated three days, but opted to spare Pride a sentence of life without parole, deciding that the murder was not intentional.

The slain officer’s family, along with NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelley, expressed their disappointment when Pride was acquitted of aggravated murder of a police officer.

The petty crook claimed his illegally-purchased weapon accidentally fired when Figoski confronted him in the darkness on Dec. 12, 2011.

Pride, in videotaped statements to investigators, claimed his weapon went off on a stairwell — and he bolted as the mortally-wounded officer tumbled head first down the steps.

Three other thugs and a getaway driver were with him during the December 2011 robbery.

Accused driver Michael Velez, 23, who stood trial alongside Pride, was acquitted of all charges by a separate jury. He was later sentenced to two years for selling marijuana.

Ariel Tejada, who took part in the robbery, testified against the two after making a deal with prosecutors that will put him behind bars for more than a decade.

The two other members of the robbery crew are expected to stand trial this spring.

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