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Judge Rules Killer of Two NYPD Detectives Can't be Executed

March 17, 2016  | 

A man on death row for killing two undercover New York City police officers cannot be executed because he meets the legal standard to be considered intellectually disabled, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

In his 76-page decision, U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis vacated Ronell Wilson's death sentence and imposed a new punishment of life in prison.

"In reaching this decision, the court in no way minimizes or excuses the cruelty and depravity of Wilson's action," Garaufis wrote. "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."

Wilson, 33, was a young gang member on Staten Island in 2003 when he murdered undercover detectives James Nemorin and Rodney Andrews in an illegal gun sting gone awry. The officers were shot point-blank in the backs of their heads.

A jury sentenced Wilson to die by lethal injection, making him the first federal defendant to receive a death sentence in New York City since the 1950s. An appeals court threw out the sentence in 2010 because of an error in jury instructions, but a second jury re-sentenced him to death in 2013. Wilson has been on death row at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, the Associated Press reports.

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plato's playdough @ 3/17/2016 7:43 PM

How much will the city be billed for the life incarceration of this hoodlum? And does anyone involved in the decision have stock ownership of a privately-owned prison?

Sounds like racism, actually, the young bra is intellectually deficient? Al Sharpton, will ya now come the to brutha's defense?

HowBoutYa @ 3/18/2016 3:10 AM

So this POS Wilson is so "intellectually deficient" that he didn't know shooting someone, point blank, in the back of the head IS BAD??? Maybe we test his intelligence by giving him a gun and tell him to do the same to himself. If he pulls the trigger, I guess the judge was correct. HowBoutYa?

kevCopAz @ 3/18/2016 2:27 PM

I agree that this is a poor decision or the law on making such a decision is bad. Everyone knows shooting someone in the head will result in death. Yes the suspect might be crazy but he is not legally crazy and didn't understand his actions. Ridiculas.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 3/29/2016 9:36 PM

The idiot can comprehend the difference between right and wrong. He still needs to be executed for his crime. He knew it was wrong. Now, if he's going to kill somebody else when the idiot courts release him on parole, he needs to die.

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