New York Post
July 19, 2012


Slain cop’s justice

By CHRISTINA CARREGA

It was a case of delayed justice yesterday for the family of a slain NYPD officer — as they watched a thug who was acquitted of the cop's murder be sentenced to 25 years in jail for another crime.

Robert Ellis was already serving 15 years for his accomplice role in the 2007 murder of Officer Russel Timoshenko when a Queens judge slapped him with the fresh sentence for an attempted murder and robbery he was involved in the day before the cop was gunned down.

The consecutive sentence adds 10 more years to Ellis' time in jail.

"Thank you, everyone, for the support," Timoshenko's mother, Tatyana, said.

"We will be here again for the other monster's trial," she said, referring to Ellis' accomplice, Dexter Bostic.

Prosecutors said Ellis was driving a stolen car in July 2007 when his buddy Bostic opened fire on Queens man Carl Field, 20, who was wounded and robbed.

Officials said that a day later, Ellis was behind the wheel of another stolen car carrying Bostic and Lee Woods when Bostic opened fire on Timoshenko, 23, killing the cop during a Brooklyn traffic stop and wounding the officer's partner, Herman Yan, 27.

Timoshenko, who had been on the job only 18 months, died five days later.

Bostic and Woods were later sentenced to life without parole for killing the cop. But Ellis was acquitted of murder. Bostic will also face a jury on the day-earlier Queens shooting.

Critics said Ellis, 39, got off lightly when he was convicted of only three weapons-possession charges during a trial in the cop killing a year later.

Ellis was on parole at the time of both shootings.

"When we were at trial in Brooklyn, we didn't get complete justice that day," Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch said yesterday. "Robert Ellis is an evil. Officer Russel Timoshenko will never walk the streets again. Is there justice? Yes, we got justice."

Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory Lasak called the repeat offender, who has a degree in psychology from York College, "a wasted talent."

"You are a thug running the streets making residents feel unsafe to walk the streets," Lasak said.

ccarrega@nypost.com