Man Gets 28 Years to Life in Fatal Cop Push

The officer was killed in March 2011 while trying to arrest the suspect

Wednesday, May 23, 2012  |  Updated 1:10 PM EDT
Man Gets 28 Years to Life in Fatal Cop Push

Officer Alain Schaberger


A man convicted of pushing an NYPD officer over a railing to his death has been sentenced to 28 1/2 years to life in prison.

Officer Alain Schaberger fell 9 feet down a cement stairwell in March 2011, landing on his head and breaking his neck, police said.

George Villanueva was sentenced Wednesday. He maintained his innocence at the hearing, saying that if he'd known the officer was going to fall he would have helped him.

Schaberger, 42, was among a group of officers who rushed to Boerum Hill to help a woman who said her boyfriend was threatening to kill her.

Police were trying to arrest Villanueva when he began to resist outside his St. Marks Place home, police said. That's when he pushed Schaberger.

The prison term also includes a charge for violating the order of protection that touched off the incident.

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