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DEATH TO COP KILLER: Brooklyn jury delivers capital sentence

Ronell Wilson appears in Brooklyn Federal Court in this August 2012 courtroom sketch. AP

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

A Brooklyn federal jury has handed down a sentence of death for cop killer Ronell Wilson. 

Wilson was convicted in 2006 of murdering two New York City Police Department undercover detectives during a firearms transaction in Staten Island — and more recently accused of getting a prison guard pregnant. He was sentenced to death for the murders, the first time in New York that a federal defendant was sentenced to death since 1954.

The 2007 death sentence, but not the conviction, was thrown out due to prosecutorial error.

Brooklyn Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis presided over the new trial and rejected Wilson's argument that he was unfit for the death penalty due to mental retardation.  

The judge cited testing over the years that nearly always found that Wilson had an IQ higher than 70 — considered a benchmark for mental disability.

After eight weeks of jury selection and even more weeks of trial the jury returned the death verdict.

July 24, 2013 - 6:45pm


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