Updated 02/28/2013 11:04 PM
Detective's Killer Offers No Apology As He Gets 45 Years To Life In Prison
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The man convicted last month of killing a city police detective in Brooklyn was sentenced in State Supreme Court on Thursday to 45 years to life behind bars.
Earlier this month, a Brooklyn jury found Lamont Pride guilty of second-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter and first-degree burglary in connection to the death of Officer Peter Figoski.
Prosecutors say Pride shot Figoski in the face while running from an attempted robbery in a drug dealer's apartment in the Cypress Hills section of Brooklyn in December 2011.
Pride, who claims the shooting was accidental, was cleared of aggravated murder, which would have resulted in life in prison without parole.
Nevertheless, Judge Alan Marrus showed no mercy, sentencing Pride to the maximum possible sentence.
"I want to make it crystal clear that it is my intention that the defendant serve this sentence for the rest of his life and that he never get out of prison. That's my intent," the judge said.
Officer Figoski's daughters read a victim impact statement
Offering no apology to Figoski's family at his sentencing, Pride thanked his two brothers for supporting him while he was in prison.
"I wanted to let my two brothers know that's here supporting me today, as long as I got you in my corner, we're going to stand tall," Pride said. "Just hold me down."
Before the sentence was handed down, Figoski's family was able to make a victim impact statement, standing feet away from Pride.
His daughters said that when their father died, a part of them died too. They were teary-eyed as they said they saw Figoski in the hospital with a shattered face, bleeding.
"When people say, 'I promise everything will get better, and it's going to be OK,' it's just a lie to us," said Corrine Figoski, one of the officer's daughters. "Nothing will ever be the same again, and we will never feel the way we used to."
They also said it was heartbreaking to know they will never again feel the comfort of their father's loving arms.
"The thought that we find the most troublesome is that our father will never be able to walk us down the aisles at our weddings, which is something that every father and every daughter dream of," said Caitlyn Figoski, another daughter of the officer. "We would do absolutely anything to have him back."
The officer's mother, Mary Ann Figoski, also spoke before the court, saying, "Peter is and will always be terribly missed by many people. Lamont Pride will be missed by no one."
In a statement, Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick J. Lynch said, in part, "We are fortunate to have had a judge preside at this trial who recognized the jury’s mistake and applied maximum consecutive sentences to afford Peter Figoski’s family, friends and colleagues a measure of justice."
Michael Velez, Pride's accused getaway driver, was sentenced last month to two years in prison for parole violation.
Two of Pride's alleged accomplices, Kevin Santos and Nelson Moralez, are still awaiting trial on second-degree murder charges.
A fifth alleged accomplice reached a plea deal to testify against the other four men.