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Two to be sentenced in Figoski murder

Ozone Park men face 25 to life

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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:30 am

Two Ozone Park men are scheduled to be sentenced today, June 20, for the December 2011 murder of NYPD Officer Peter Figoski.

Kevin Santos, 32, and Nelson Morales, 29, both face 25 years to life in prison when sentenced by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Alan Marrus.

Both men have been convicted of second-degree murder and first-degree burglary.

Figoski, 47, a decorated 22-year veteran with four daughters, responded to a call of a robbery in progress in East New York with his partner, Officer Glenn Estrada, in the early morning hours of Dec. 12.

He was shot in the face by Lamont Pride of North Carolina as Pride attempted to flee the scene. Figoski died later that morning at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.

Estrada, who ran down and captured Pride despite being injured in the confrontation, has since been promoted to the rank of detective. Figoski was promoted posthumously.

Pride is now serving 45 years to life after being convicted in February of second-degree murder, second-degree aggravated manslaughter and first-degree burglary.

Ariel Tejada of Ozone Park pleaded guilty to murder and burglary charges and turned states evidence. He is serving 18 years in prison.

A fourth Ozone Park resident, Michael Velez, was acquitted of murder and burglary charges in February.

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