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April 20, 2006
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Fake policeman gets life without parole in NY killing

The Associated Press

MINEOLA, N.Y.- A man convicted of fatally shooting a banker while posing as a police officer during a phony traffic stop was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without parole.

Reginald Gousse, 32, was convicted last month in the January 2005 slaying.

Bank manager James Gottlieb was shot after being stopped by an unmarked car with flashing emergency lights. When he got out of his vehicle, he was confronted by Gousse.

Gottlieb, a 49-year-old father of three, demanded to see the man's identification, and the two began to argue. The banker started walking toward a nearby house, and the fake officer shot him.

The gunman fled, and Gottlieb died at a hospital about an hour later.

A jury deliberated less than four hours before convicting Gousse of first-degree murder, attempted robbery and criminal impersonation.

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