Lamont Pride of Greensboro Sentenced 45 Years To Life For Kiling NYC Officer Peter Figoski

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New York, NY -- A Greensboro man convicted of killing a New York City police officer has been sentenced to at least 45 years to life in prison.

Lamont Pride was sentenced consecutively to 25 years plus 20 for burglary and manslaughter then 25 to life for the final murder charge for killing Peter Figoski, according to WCBS.

The judge told Pride he deserved the maximum sentence and that it was his intent that Pride spend the rest of his life behind bars. 

Before the sentence was issued, one of Figoski's four daughters spoke in front of a courtroom filled with police officers and family members.

"People say it'll be OK," said one of Figoski's daughters. "But it's all lies. We've forgotten what it was to be happy."

Figoski is survived by daughters Christine, Caitlyn, Caroline and Corrine. More than $600,000 was raised for a scholarship fund to help pay for their education, CBS 2's Don Dahler reported.

Lamont Pride was found guilty earlier this month of second degree murder in the death of Officer Peter Figoski during a botched robbery last December. He was also convicted of aggravated manslaughter and first degree burglary.

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But Pride was found not guilty of the most serious charge, which would have carried an automatic life sentence.

Patrolmen's Benevolent Association president Pat Lynch said the judge corrected what the jury got wrong by failing to convict Pride of the top murder count.

"This was a judge that had the sense to say that he does not - this monster does not belong on the streets of the world, not just this city," Lynch said following sentencing.

During the trial, prosecutors said Pride and four others plotted to rob a drug dealer who lived in a basement apartment in Brooklyn, but were interrupted by police.

As Pride tried to escape, he came face-to-face with Figoski, who was shot once in the head. Figoski died later at a hospital.

Prosecutors said Figoski, who was undercover, never even drew his own weapon. Pride was caught by Figoski's partner.

The defense never contested Pride's gun killed the responding officer, but argued it was an accident.

"He's glad the jury understood that he did not intend to kill Officer Figoski. He did not and that's the way the jury sees it. It's a tragedy all the way around," said Pride's defense attorney, James Koenig.

His alleged getaway driver, Michael Velez, was found not guilty of first- and second-degree burglary.

Two other suspects in the case have pleaded not guilty. They have yet to stand trial. A fifth suspect, Ariel Tejada, testified against the others as part of a plea deal that gave him a lesser sentence.

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