Thomas Johnson III murdered Rochester, N.Y., police officer Daryl Pierson in September 2014. (Photo: Rochester PD)

Thomas Johnson III murdered Rochester, N.Y., police officer Daryl Pierson in September 2014. (Photo: Rochester PD)

Throughout the sentencing of Thomas Johnson III on Thursday, his life was often contrasted with that of the man he murdered last September: Rochester, N.Y., police Officer Daryl Pierson.

Johnson, 39, has lived a life of crime and was a parole absconder when he fatally shot Pierson.

Pierson was a military veteran and dedicated cop.

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