Rasul McNeil-Thomas Offers No Remorse For The Death Of Officer William Johnson

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.

William C. Johnson (credit: Essex County Prosecutor's Office)

William C. Johnson (credit: Essex County Prosecutor’s Office)

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.

McNeil-Thomas was convicted on a dozen charges ranging from carjacking to aggravated manslaughter to attempted murder, in a shooting that somehow spared a baby in a stroller, Langford reported.

Essex County Court Judge Robert Gardner sentenced McNeil-Thomas to consecutive 30-year prison terms — a total of 60 years.

As the convicted cop killer was escorted away he flashed a big smile back to his family, Langford reported. Outside the courtroom, the killer’s family refused to speak.

The prosecutor said McNeil-Thomas should be 74 years old before he’s even eligible for parole, Langford reported.

The defense attorney for McNeil-Thomas said he would appeal the conviction.

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