NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Jurors on Monday found Lamont Pride guilty of second-degree murder in the December 2011 shooting death of NYPD Officer Peter Figoski.
Pride was found not guilty of the most serious charge, which alleged he intentionally killed Figoski. He was also convicted of aggravated manslaughter and first degree burglary.
Pride faces 25 years to life in prison when he’s sentenced later this month.
Figoski’s family and fellow officers, who packed the courtroom every day, were shocked, angry and disappointed with the verdict because Pride was found not guilty of aggravated murder, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported.
“To say the least, we’re disappointed and angry,” said Pat Lynch, President of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.
“The murder of a police officer is a crime on a monstrous scale, worse than other murders, because society invests in police officers the authority to enforce the law on their behalf. When a police officer is murdered, society at-large is struck a mortal blow. We had hoped that the charge of aggravated murder would have prevailed,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.
If Pride had been found guilty of that charge, he would have been guaranteed a sentence of life without parole.
After the verdict was handed down, Lynch was incensed as he spoke to reporters, Cornell reported.
“There is a moral pact with police officers that if you kill a New York City police officer, you will put them away forever. Practically speaking, that may well happen. This jury should not have settled for that,” Lynch said.