- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - A 39-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for fatally shooting a Rochester police officer last year.

Fellow officers and Daryl Pierson’s family, including his widow, packed a Rochester courtroom Thursday for the sentencing of Thomas Johnson III.

The 39-year-old career criminal was convicted in May of killing Pierson during a foot chase last September. He was also convicted of attempting to kill the 32-year-old Pierson’s partner during a chase that started when the two officers pulled over a car Johnson was driving.

The partner shot and wounded Johnson.

The slain officer’s wife and mother of his two young children, Amy Pierson, referred to Johnson as “a coward of a man” during her opportunity to address the court.

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