Luis Ortiz, who was convicted earlier this month of shooting an NYPD officer in the head and wounding him and murdering another man in separate incidents in 2012, was sentenced Tuesday to spend life in prison without parole.
Ortiz was convicted of the attempted murder of Officer Kevin Brennan on January 31, 2012 and the murder of Shannon McKinney on New Year's Day 2012.
Brennan was shot in the base of his skull after responding to reports of shots fired at the Bushwick Houses, and survived.
Prosecutors said Ortiz shot both men with the same gun.
Brennan spoke at the sentencing hearing, before his teary-eyed wife, requesting Ortiz get life in prison.
"I have bullet fragments lodged in my head. They're there every day, and they're not going anywhere," Brennan said. "I have to live with not knowing if today will be the day that these fragments shift into my brain and cause me harm or death."
"This defendant has done nothing, zero in his life other than commit crimes," said Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Lewis Lieberman.
Ortiz himself did not speak in the courtroom but his defense team did plead for mercy and leniency. The defense lawyer also apologized for the crimes, saying Ortiz has had a very difficult life.
Judge Albert Tomei told Ortiz that he is part of a gun society in America and that the country needs more peace and love.
"Mr. Ortiz, your possession of the killing machine, the gun, and the unfathomable pain that it has caused is a reflection of a gun and violence culture that is causing America to eat its shadow and tear apart the very fabric of our society," the judge said.
During the sentencing, Ortiz often looked down at the table, but when Brennan was speaking, he did look at the officer so that he could hear and see what the officer was saying to the judge.
Through dedication and rehabilitation, Brennan is back on the job as a member of the NYPD. His message on Tuesday was to put the guns down.