Appeals Court Overturned Previous Death Sentence

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A New York City jury ruled Wednesday that Ronell Wilson should receive the death penalty for the murder of two NYPD detectives.

The jury reached the decision late Wednesday afternoon.

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Wilson was convicted of killing undercover detectives Rodney Andrews and James Nemorin on Staten Island in 2003. The two were posing as gun buyers.

Another jury convicted Wilson and sentenced him to death in 2007. An appeals court upheld the conviction but overturned the death sentence.

Afterward, Wilson requested a hearing to determine “whether he is a person with mental retardation” and therefore ineligible for the death penalty.

A judge ruled in February that Wilson’s IQ scores show he is not mentally retarded. The ruling cleared the way for another possible death sentence.

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This past winter, Wilson made headlines when it was revealed that a correction officer guarding him was eight months pregnant with his child.

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Nancy Gonzalez, 29, was arrested following the revelations. She faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of engaging in a sexual relationship with an inmate.

Prosecutors said Gonzalez and Wilson had intercourse with the “sole purpose of impregnating her.” Gonzalez’s attorney denied the pregnancy was designed to help Wilson avoid death row.

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