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NYPD officer's killer gets life, plus 55 years

Associated Press

NEW YORK — A man convicted of murdering a police officer during a traffic stop in New York City has been sentenced to life in prison without parole, plus 55 years.

Prosecutors say Dexter Bostic and two others acted as a team to shoot the officers in July 2007 after being caught with a stolen SUV containing illegal weapons.

Bostic was convicted of shooting and killing Officer Russel Timoshenko (tim-o-SHANK'-o). Another man, Robert Ellis, was accused of shooting now-Detective Herman Yan and was convicted on a weapons possession charge but acquitted of murder. He has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

A mistrial was declared in the case of the third man, Lee Woods, accused of being the driver. His case is being retried.

Yan was shot in the chest as he approached the SUV. His bullet-resistant vest saved his life.

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