02/23/2006

Man gets two life sentences in killings of NYC detectives

The Associated Press

NEW YORK- A man convicted of snatching a pistol from a veteran detective and fatally shooting him and his partner was sentenced Wednesday to two life prison terms without parole.

The slayings occurred in September 2004 during a confrontation outside the home of Marlon Legere's mother, who had called police to report on ongoing dispute with him over her car. Legere, 30, was convicted Feb. 2.

The woman testified during trial that she wouldn't let her son use her car because he didn't have a license and she didn't want any more parking tickets.

Legere was sitting inside the vehicle when Detectives Robert Parker and Patrick Rafferty arrived. During a struggle, Legere grabbed the gun from Parker's waistband and shot both men.

Legere fled in a minivan but was arrested blocks away.

Defense lawyer Wayne Bodden said Legere had tried to express remorse in court. He said he planned to appeal.

Parker, a police officer since 1982, and Rafferty, a 15-year veteran, had been seeking Legere since May 2004, when his mother reported he had taken her car without permission.

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