NEW YORK (FOX5NY.COM) - A New York judge on Tuesday sentenced a convicted cop killer to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Last month, a jury convicted Demetrius Blackwell, 37, of murder and other charges in the death of Police Officer Brian Moore and the attempted murder of Police Officer Eric Jansen, who was not hurt in the 2015 shooting.
In court in Queens Tuesday, the judge told Blackwell he will "die in prison."
Back on May 2, 2015, Moore and Jansen stopped Blackwell on a street in Queens Village because they suspected he was armed. Blackwell then opened fire on the officers from no more than 5 feet away, striking Moore in the head but missing Jansen.
Moore died two days later. The NYPD posthumously promoted him to detective first grade.
Blackwell's defense lawyer has said his client has severe mental illnesses, including paranoia.
"Mr. Blackwell has seizures and psychosis mixtures that shows he was not responsible," attorney David Bart argued at trial. "He acted badly, wrongly and stupidly, but it was not intent to kill."
In closing arguments, an assistant district attorney who prosecuted Blackwell described him as "remorseless."
Moore, 25, grew up in Massapequa, Long Island. He had been with the NYPD for five years.