|updated January 31, 2017 at 7:14 PM|
By Anna Sanders
|Tyrone Howard appears in Manhattan Criminal Court on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in New York. Howard was convicted of the killing Monday.(Jefferson Siegel/The Daily News via AP, Pool) (Jefferson Siegel)|
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The man accused of killing NYPD Officer Randolph Holder in 2015 was convicted Monday, according to a statement from the Manhattan district attorney's office.
Tyrone Howard, 32, of East Harlem was fleeing from a shooting on E. 102nd St. on Oct. 20, 2015 when he encountered Holder and his partner, Omar Wallace, on the E. 120th and FDR Drive footbridge, according to prosecutors and trial evidence.
In a statement, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said Howard fired several shots at a group of people, and fled northbound on a bicycle he robbed at gunpoint.
"In the span of thirteen minutes, Tyrone Howard was a one-man crime spree when he orchestrated multiple acts of senseless violence," Vance said.
Howard then fired one shot from his .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol, and struck the rookie officer in the temple, according to the DA's release.
"In the final moments of his life, . . . Holder bravely responded to reports of gunfire in an attempt to put a stop to this defendant's campaign of criminal activity," Vance said.
He was the very definition of a hero, and I thank him posthumously for his service, along with all the members of the NYPD, who put their lives on the line every day to protect the people of this city."
It took the jury four days to convict the man who faces up to life in prison.
Reports at the time indicate that Howard had a separate warrant when he was arrested in Holder's killing, for not showing up to court after failing to comply with a drug diversion second-chance program he'd been accepted into.
Local Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis has been pushing for a bill that would be harsher on convicted felons, like Howard, who have had two dozen drug arrests over a 16-year period.
The bill, dubbed Officer Randolph Holder's Law, would prohibit judges from sentencing people with more than two felonies to drug diversion treatment programs instead of jail time.
The Advance reported that the bill doesn't have a good chance of getting out of the committee phase, let alone passing.
Malliotakis sponsored the bill in a previous session, and it did not reach the floor for a vote.