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JUSTICE: Cop killer sentenced to death

Ronell Wilson, AP photo

Associated Press

A judge has formally given a death sentence to a man who killed two New York City police officers in 2003.

A jury had decided on the death penalty for Ronell Wilson in July. The judge pronounced the sentence on Tuesday.

The officers were shot during a gun sting.

A jury convicted Wilson in 2006, then sentenced him to death in early 2007. But an appeals court overturned the sentence.

Prosecutors then sought the death penalty from a new jury.

The government argued that Wilson was a cold-blooded killer who deserved death. His lawyers portrayed him as the product of a troubled background.

In February, authorities revealed Wilson fathered a child with a jail guard while awaiting the proceedings. She's since pleaded guilty to an illegal sex act.

September 10, 2013 - 3:00pm


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