An 18-year old man was convicted of murder and arson this past week in the 2014 death of New York Police Officer Dennis Guerra.
The conviction stems from a 2014 incident in which Marcell Dockery lit a mattress on fire in the hallway of a public housing complex on Coney Island. Dockery stated that he lit the fire because he was "bored."
NYPD Officers Guerra and his partner, Rosa Rodriguez, responded to the scene and entered the building, engulfed in flames, in an attempt to assist residents.
Both officers were eventually overcome by smoke and were found unconscious by firefighters.
Officers Guerra and Rodriguez would be treated for their injuries; however, Officer Guerra would die three days later and Officer Rodriguez would spend six weeks recovering.
Dockery, whose taped confession was allowed in as testimony, subsequently denied having set the fire, instead suggesting that he found the complex on fire and was actually trying to help people to safety.
Dockery faces life in prison at his upcoming sentencing hearing in June.