Man Who Killed NY Officer Receives Life Sentence

A man who was convicted of killing a Long Island police officer during a traffic stop and another motorist during his getaway was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole.

Darrell Fuller, 34, of Queens, was convicted in July of first- and second-degree murder.

"Mr. Despicable, you will never see the light of day," Judge Jerald Carter told Fuller at the sentencing. "You will remain behind bars as you wait for the hell on the other side of the ledger."

Prosecutors said Nassau County Police Officer Arthur Lopez, 29, of Babylon, and his partner saw a car driven by Fuller collide with a van in October 2012. Fuller, who was violating parole by carrying a loaded gun, drove off in his damaged car.

An ex-convict suspected of gunning down a Long Island police officer in Queens and then fatally shooting a carjacking victim was set to appear before a judge Thursday. Darrell Fuller was walked before reporters on his way to the courthouse. (Published Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012)

After a pursuit and traffic stop near the Belmont racetrack, Lopez approached Fuller and Fuller fired a handgun from 5 feet away, killing the officer, prosecutors said.

He then spotted Raymond Facey, 58, of Brooklyn, who had stopped along the road to make a phone call. Fuller killed him with a shot to the head and stole his car, prosecutors said.

According to testimony, Fuller then drove to Queens and had a friend shoot him in the leg to make it appear he had been a victim.

At his trial, Fuller's attorney called no witnesses and argued that no one actually saw Fuller firing the shots that killed either Lopez or Facey.

-Greg Cergol contributed reporting. Follow him on Twitter: @GregCergol4NY

Police have made an arrest in the shooting deaths of two people, including a Nassau County police officer during a traffic stop along the border of Queens and Long Island Tuesday. Tracie Strahan reports. (Published Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012)