NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — There was emotional testimony and new developments on Friday in the sentencing hearing for man convicted of killing a New Jersey police officer four years ago.
CBS2’s Steve Langford was in court for the judge’s decision.
Officer William Johnson was picking up dinner when he was killed in a drive-by shooting in 2011.
Newly released surveillance video shows Johnson, who was off duty, stopping by to order what would be the last slice of pizza of his life. A barrage of bullets from a carjacked vehicle outside suddenly sends everyone running for their lives. Officer Johnson, who was on his way to work a second job, took a bullet and died shortly after, Langford reported.
At his sentencing Friday afternoon, Rasul McNeil-Thomas, 23 — who was convicted in February — accepted no responsibility for what happened. He offered no words of comfort to Johnson’s grieving family. The slain officer’s 15-year-old daughter spoke briefly before the court.
“I don’t hate him because my parents taught me not to hate but to have forgiveness, and I forgive Rasul, which some people might not understand,” Tiyana Johnson said.