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Man Found Guilty of Murder for 2014 Arson Fire that Killed NYPD Officer

May 06, 2016  | 

NYPD Officer Dennis Guerra died from injuries incurred in the 2014 high-rise fire. (Photo: NYPD)
NYPD Officer Dennis Guerra died from injuries incurred in the 2014 high-rise fire. (Photo: NYPD)

An 18-year-old Coney Island man was found guilty of murder in a fire that killed an NYPD officer in 2014.

Marcell Dockery was found guilty on all three counts he was facing — second-degree murder, first-degree assault and fourth-degree arson.

Dockery will be sentenced on June 14. He faces up to 25 years to life in prison, PIX 11 reports.

Dockery is accused of lighting a mattress ablaze on the 13th floor of the high-rise building.

Responding Officer Dennis Guerra, 38, and a partner were overcome by smoke and carbon dioxide in the building’s elevator on April 6. They were both pulled unconscious from the building.

An eight-year veteran of the force, Guerra died three days later. He is survived by a wife and four children. Also hurt in the fire, Officer Rosa Rodriguez is still recovering.

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Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 5/6/2016 10:03 PM

Actually, since this is New York I'm not surprised that Thug Dockery might only serve twenty five years or less. He should get a life sentence at the least. I highly doubt(as does the judge) that thug was having some innocent fun.

Tiberia @ 5/10/2016 2:27 AM

Certainly, it's not so easy to reach 13th floor by feet and do this quickly, but we've been taught that during any fire it is absolutely FORBIDDEN to use the elevator. If they didn't use one, Guerra would have been alive.

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