Staten Island Advance
June 30, 2010

Don't spare cop-killer Ronell Wilson's life on 'mere technicality,' head of cop union says

NEW YORK -- The president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association today called convicted cop-killer Ronell Wilson a "miscreant" and "cold-blooded killer" and criticized an appeals court decision to spare him the death penalty because "of a mere technicality."

Said Patrick J. Lynch:

“Ronell Wilson earned himself the death penalty with the cold-blooded execution of two courageous detectives who risked and lost their lives fighting to make this city safer. A miscreant who killed two people without a second thought will not hesitate to kill again in prison because he has nothing to lose. This vile individual should not be spared because of a mere technicality. He is a cold-blooded killer who deserves the fate that he has brought on himself.”

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that Ronell Wilson, 28, must be re-sentenced in the execution-style slaying of detectives James Nemorin and Rodney Andrews on Hannah Street in Tompkinsville during a gun buy-and-bust on March 10, 2003.

The court said prosecutors made a legal error during Wilson's trial -- attacking his claims of remorse -- and the judge failed to correct it during jury instruction.

A prosecutor said in the penalty phase of the federal trial that Wilson would have pleaded guilty rather than go to trial if he were truly sorry.

We vacate the death sentence, and remand, because two arguments made to the jury by the prosecution -- both bearing on the critical issues of remorse, acceptance of responsibility and future dangerousness -- impaired Wilson's constitutional right," said the court in the ruling.