NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A man convicted of manslaughter for shoving a police officer to his death during a domestic violence call last year in Brooklyn will spend 32 years to life in prison.

George Villanueva, 42, also was convicted of criminal contempt this month. He was acquitted of a more serious murder charge.

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Villanueva maintained his innocence at his sentencing Wednesday saying that if he’d known the officer was going to fall, he would have helped him.

“While it will not bring back a fine New York City police officer, the maximum sentence pronounced by the court today was appropriate and will keep a very violent career criminal off our streets,” PBA president Patrick J. Lynch said.

Officer Alain Schaberger died while responding to a domestic violence call made by Villanueva’s girlfriend last March in Boerum Hill.

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Schaberger was killed after he was shoved by Villanueva over a stoop railing. The officer fell nine feet down a cement stairwell, landing on his head and breaking his neck.

Schaberger was a 10-year veteran with the department.

The prison term also includes a charge for violating the order of protection that touched off the incident.

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