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Cop killer convicted in 2007 shooting

Day before Timoshenko murder

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Posted: Thursday, August 8, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 8:31 pm, Wed Aug 14, 2013.

The man serving life without parole for the 2007 murder of NYPD Officer Russel Timoshenko has been convicted of shooting and robbing a man in Jamaica the day before he killed the 23-year-old officer.

Dexter Bostic, 40, formerly of Far Rockaway, was convicted on July 31 of shooting an unarmed man on Sutphin Boulevard on July 8, 2007, and robbing the wounded man of $1,800 and his car keys as he lay bleeding on he sidewalk.

A statement issued by the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Botic was convicted of second-degree attempted murder, two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and a single count of fifth-degree possession of stolen property after a four-week trial.

While Bostic has no hope of ever being paroled, he could receive a sentence of up to 25 years on Sept. 11.

Brown is asking for the maximum sentence.

Robert Ellis last year received up to 25 years in the same incident, a sentence that will be served after he completes the 15 years he drew for weapons charges in connection with Officer Timoshenko’s death less than 24 hours later.

Timoshenko and his partner, Herman Yan, pulled over a black BMW SUV on July 9 in Brooklyn after noticing that the license plate had been reported stolen.

Both officers were shot multiple times as they approached the vehicle.

A bullet severed Timoshenko’s spinal cord, leaving him comatose and unable to breath on his own. He was removed from life support and died five days later.

Yan, though struck in his arm and chest, was able to return fire and come to his partner’s aid. His bulletproof vest is believed to have spared him far more serious injuries.

Yan, 27 at the time, subsequently was promoted to the rank of detective for his actions. So too was Timoshenko, posthumously.

Three men were arrested following a four-day manhunt.

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