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Judge Tosses Out NYPD Cop-Killer's Death Sentence

Ronell Wilson;  Photo: Albans/News via nydailynews.com

Ronell Wilson; Photo: Albans/News via nydailynews.com

A federal judge in Brooklyn last week shot down the death penalty verdict against convicted cop-killer Ronell Wilson, citing the killer as being mentally handicapped and thus ineligible for the death sentence.

Wilson was found guilty of murdering NYPD Detectives Rodney Andrews and James Nemorin during a gun-buy sting in 2003. He was sentenced to death for the crime.

But last week Judge Nicholas Garaufis ruled that Wilson was ineligible for that sentence due to his mental handicap and instead re-sentenced Wilson to life in prison.

The ruling comes in the wake of a 2014 Supreme Court ruling that stated a judge could not rely solely on an individual's IQ score to determine whether or not the person was "intellectually disabled."

Prosecutors argued that Wilson's mental capacity was sufficient, citing his ability to send and receive emails, memorize book passages, and even seduce a female prison guard. 

In reassessing Wilson, Judge Garaufis found that Wilson's "intellectual and adaptive deficits" were present prior to reaching the age of 18.

The judge made clear that he did not condone the actions of the defendant, saying, "Having presided over this tragic case for more than a decade, the court quite frankly finds it impossible to muster any sense of sympathy for this defendant."

He added, "To be candid, the court harbors doubts as to whether Wilson would be considered intellectually disabled by most clinicians," arguing that the Supreme Court's ruling provided a definition of mental incapacity that exceeded one used by either clinicians or laymen.

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Trump to Cop Killers: "The Death Penalty is Going to Happen"

Photo: Charlie Neibergall/AP

Photo: Charlie Neibergall/AP

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump sent a strong message about the type of punishment anyone willing to take the life of a police officer should expect to experience under his presidency: the death penalty.

“One of the first things I’d do in terms of executive order, if I win, will be to sign a strong, strong statement that would go out to the country, out to the world, anybody killing a police man, a police woman, a police officer, anybody killing a police officer, the death penalty is going to happen,” Trump stated.

Trump further expressed his support for the men and women of law enforcement, telling them that the work they do is “second to none.”

“I want to let you know, the police and law enforcement in this country, I will never ever let them down,” Trump said

Mr. Trump made his remarks while speaking to the New England Police Benevolent Association, which, incidentally, endorsed his candidacy.

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Texas Set to Execute Cop Killer

The State of Texas is scheduled to execute convicted cop-killer Licho Escamilla at 6 pm local time on Wednesday evening. Escamilla was convicted of murdering Dallas police officer Christopher James in 2001.

James and two other officers were working an off-duty job as security for a nightclub when Escamilla, who was a patron at the club, became involved in an altercation with another individual. The officers approached the fight and Escamilla immediately opened fire on them, striking both.

The officers returned fire, wounding Escamilla, but he managed to flee the scene. Before leaving, however, Escamilla stopped over Officer James and fired multiple shots into his head, killing him.

Witnesses testified that Escamilla was laughing and bragging about killing the officer while he was being treated at a local hospital.

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