NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - A state judge on Thursday sentenced Tyrone Howard to 12 years in prison on a drug charge unrelated to the death of a New York City police officer. Howard is accused of fatally shooting Officer Randolph Holder during a chase along the FDR Drive in Harlem in October.
That same judge -- State Supreme Court Justice Patricia Nunez -- put Howard into a rehab program instead of sending him to prison. While sentencing Howard on drug charges, Justice Nunez also bitterly ripped into Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton for criticizing her role that led to Howard being released given his lengthy criminal record.
Speaking after the sentencing, Holder's family showed empathy for the judge and urged respect for officers. His mother told Fox 5 that real justice will come when the murder trial beings.