New York Post
March 1, 2013

Figoski girls stare down killer as he gets 45 years to life


A Brooklyn judge threw the book at the remorseless thug convicted of killing NYPD Detective Peter Figoski, slapping him with the maximum sentence of 45 years to life yesterday after hearing the slain cop’s four daughters speak about everything the career criminal took from them.

Lamont Pride, 28, was convicted of second-degree murder and related charges earlier this month, but a jury acquitted him of the aggravated-murder charge that would have gotten him life without parole.

“The judge did what the jury wouldn’t do,” said Robert Figoski, brother of the slain cop.

Pride shot the decorated 47-year-old officer in the face while trying to escape a botched East New York robbery in December 2011.

The four Figoski daughters banded together in Brooklyn Supreme Court to read an emotional impact statement.

Eldest daughter Christine, 21, went first, describing that awful night a little more than a year ago.

“We all got our normal, ‘Night, I love you,’ text from Daddy, and only a few hours after, my sisters and I were faced with the tragedy that would impact the rest of our lives,” Christine read aloud, struggling to maintain her composure.

“When our father died, a part of us died inside,” read youngest daughter Corinne, 15, her face streaked with tears.

“The thought we find the most troublesome is that our father will never be able to walk us down the aisle at our weddings, which is something that every father and daughter dream of,” Caitlyn, 19, read aloud to the rapt courtroom. “We would do about anything to have him back.”

Caroline, 17, closed with a moving plea for Judge Alan Marrus to keep Pride locked away.

“Please don’t give this monster the opportunity to rob another family and give another family the heartache and suffering that Lamont Pride has given to our family,” she said.

Caroline also vowed that if Pride ever becomes eligible for parole, she and her sisters will petition the parole board to ensure he never gets out.

The slain cop’s mother and ex-wife also read moving statements.

A wall of police officers showered the Figoskis with applause when they walked out of court.

Judge Marrus ordered that Pride serve consecutively 25 years for burglary and 20 years for manslaughter — with the “to life” portion of the sentence coming from the second-degree murder charge.

“I want to make it crystal clear that it is my intention that the defendant serve this sentence for the rest of his life and that he never get out of prison,” Marrus said.

Two alleged accomplices will face trial next month, while a third flipped on his cohorts in exchange for a lighter sentence.

Michael Velez, who shuttled the robbers to the robbery gone awry, was acquitted of murder charges earlier this month.