Ex-NYPD Cop Pleads Guilty To Murdering Girlfriend

NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York Police Department narcotics officer has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of his 28-year-old girlfriend.

The Brooklyn district attorney’s office said Jerry Bowen pleaded guilty Thursday to the murder charge and to attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon. He faces a sentence of either 30 or 40 years to life in prison.

Bowen was 42 in March 2009 when he turned himself in after the shooting of Catherine Donofrio. Authorities at the time said he had stopped by a friend’s Brooklyn home with Donofrio, saying they needed to use the bathroom.

Once there, he shot Donofrio and the friend, who survived with minor head and arm wounds.

Bowen had secretly pleaded guilty a month earlier to a felony drug dealing charge and quit the force.

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  • your mom

    RARE OCCASION of COps Being violent. i want some of what your smoking…typical power hungry testosterone pumped up cop jerk.

  • Steve

    Very sad. My heart goes out to the family of the victims.
    A shame when someone in law enforcement does something like this – on rare occasions, even people with badges can do wrong with guns. Forget about the psycho who killed 6 people in Arizona (and almost killed that gorgeous woman who is a member of our congress) – HIGH TIME that the NRA and their allies act responsibly, in keeping firearms out of the hands of the “criminally insane” and away from unknowing children.

  • DanTe

    They should ban cops from having guns. Guns are dangerous. Bloomy wants to ban guns – he should start by setting an example with city employees.

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