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Last 2 Suspects Get Prison in NYPD Cop's Death

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    Peter Figoski, a 22-year NYPD veteran (inset right), was shot and killed with an illegal semi-automatic weapon (inset left) while responding to a robbery in Brooklyn in 2011.

    The final two suspects have been sentenced in a botched robbery that killed an NYPD officer in 2011.

    Mastermind Nelson Morales and Kevin Santos were sentenced Thursday to 20 years to life for murder in the December 2011 death of Officer Peter Figoski. They also got 25 years for burglary. The sentences will run concurrently.

    They were convicted last month.

    Earlier this year, gunman Lamont Pride was convicted of murder and sentenced to 45 years to life.

    Cop Killer Lamont Pride Sentenced to 45 Years to Life

    [NY] Cop Killer Lamont Pride Sentenced to 45 Years to Life
    The man convicted of killing a veteran police officer who was responding to a burglary call in Brooklyn in 2011 has been sentenced to 45 years to life in prison after the cop's family made emotional pleas for the maximum sentence. Jonathan Dienst reports. (Published Friday, March 1, 2013)

    A fourth suspect, Ariel Tejada, pleaded guilty to lesser charges and testified against the others.

    A fifth person, Michael Velez, was acquitted. He was accused of driving the getaway car.

    Figoski's mother thanked the NYPD, prosecutors and others for their support after her son's death.

    Figoski, a 22-year veteran of the NYPD and father of four daughters, confronted Pride outside of a home in East New York. He was shot in the face and died at the hospital hours later.

    Trial of Accused Brooklyn Cop Killer Begins

    [NY] Trial of Accused Brooklyn Cop Killer Begins
    The trial has begun for Lamont Pride, accused of shooting Officer Peter Figoski in the face in 2011; the officer died at the hospital hours later. Tracie Strahan reports. (Published Friday, Jan. 25, 2013)

    In video recordings obtained by NBC New York's I-Team last year, Pride says he fell down while trying to escape and the gun accidentally went off. 

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