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Life In Prison For Gunman Who Killed Man, Wounded Officer

Luis Ortiz Was Convicted Earlier This Month In 2012 Shootings
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The gunman who first killed a man, and then wounded a police officer while trying to evade capture, was sentenced to life in prison without parole Tuesday.

Luis Ortiz, 23, was sentenced in Brooklyn. He was convicted earlier this month of shooting and killing Shannon McKinney six times on Jan. 1, 2012, and killing him.

At the sentencing hearing, McKinney’s brother says in a letter read by a prosecutor that Ortiz took away his “whole family.”

Ortiz was also convicted this month of the attempted murder of Officer Kevin Brennan on Jan. 31, 2012.

Brennan was shot in the Bushwick Homes public housing development in Williamsburg during a struggle with Ortiz, police said. The bullet lodged at the base of Brennan’s skull.

He suffered mild brain damage from the injury and doctors said he lost some of his peripheral vision. But he ultimately recovered and returned to the force.

Brennan testified late last month at Ortiz’s trial. He said the last words he heard from Ortiz before losing consciousness were “F**k you, die!”

Brennan said he lives with a constant reminder of the shooting, as he could die if the bullet fragments in his head shift.

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