- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - A 39-year-old man is scheduled to be sentenced for fatally shooting a Rochester police officer during a foot chase last year.

Thomas Johnson III will be sentenced Thursday in state Supreme Court to life in prison without parole for killing 32-year-old Officer Daryl Pierson.

Johnson, a parolee, had fled on foot after Pierson and his partner pulled over Johnson’s vehicle on the night of Sept. 3. Johnson shot Pierson as the officer caught up to him on foot after a brief chase.

Johnson tried to flee again but was shot and wounded by Pierson’s partner, Officer Michael DiPaola.

A jury convicted Johnson in May on charges of aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder.

Pierson is survived by his wife and their two young children.

Sentencing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

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