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September 17, 2009
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Thief who caused NYPD officer's death given 2-3 years for "mischief"

Associated Press

NEW YORK — A man has pleaded guilty to breaking into the car of an off-duty New York City police officer who was then killed in a friendly fire shooting.

Miguel Goitia pleaded guilty Wednesday to criminal mischief. He will serve 1 1/2 to 3 years in prison.

Officer Omar Edwards was killed May 28 by Officer Andrew Dunton, who spotted the 25-year-old officer chasing the thief with his gun drawn.

Dunton apparently mistook the off-duty officer for an armed suspect and shot him.

The shooting raised questions about racial profiling. Edwards was black and Dunton is white.

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Last month, a grand jury voted not to indict Dunton in the shooting.

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