- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 27, 2016

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) - A Long Island man has been convicted of charges he shot a plainclothes police officer last March.

Newsday reports (https://nwsdy.li/1WNAZnT ) that immediately following Sheldon Leftenant’s conviction Tuesday night his sister said outside the courtroom that the next officer shot wouldn’t survive.

The mother of Leftenant’s child also cried and suffered an anxiety attack before passing out in the courtroom.

The 23-year-old defendant was found guilty of attempted aggravated murder and related charges in the shooting of Suffolk County Police Officer Mark Collins in Huntington Station. Collins nearly died from the shot to the neck. He has returned to work.

Collins declined to comment on the verdict.



Leftenant faces 40 years to life in prison at his March 11 sentencing.

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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com

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