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10-31-08, 03:03 AM #1
perp convicted of murdering NYPD officer
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Friday, October 31, 2008
Updated 12:07 AM
Man Convicted In Fatal Shooting Of Off-Duty Officer
By: NY1 News
A jury found one of two suspects to be guilty of first-degree murder in the 2005 shooting of an off-duty police officer in the Bronx. Steven Armento, 51, was convicted Thursday of shooting Official Daniel Enchautegui to death in December of 2005 during an attempted burglary and faces life in prison.
However, the jury found Armento to be not guilty of the felony of intentionally killing a police officer.
A swarm of police officers who could not fit into the court room to hear the closing arguments and verdict applauded as Enchautegui's family left the court room.
"My brother wasn't a notch under someone's belt," said Yolanda Rosa, Enchautegui's sister.
"That was my baby brother. He served the city of New York and his community until the day he died."
"Life without parole, this mope will never see the streets of New York to kill again. But it's bittersweet because Daniel does not come back now," said Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch.
Three jurors told NY1 said that there was much tension as they were making the decision, especially as they decided whether Enchautegui had identified himself as a police officer or had displayed his shield to Armento.
Authorities say Enchautegui came out of his apartment after hearing the sound of breaking glass from his neighbor's home.
Armento's attorney says his client acted in self-defense, and fired back after he had been shot. Off-camera, the attorney acknowledged that the evidence against his client was strong. Armento will be sentenced in two weeks.
His codefendant, Lillo Brancato, Jr., who acted in HBO's "The Sopranos" and had a starring role in the film "A Bronx Tale," is being tried separately. His trial is expected to start next month.
10-31-08, 05:32 AM #2
RIP Officer Enchautegui, justice is being served.
Sidenote, I love it that the PBA President called the guy a mope. While I can think of a hundred or so other names he should have been called instead, the media wouldn't have printed them. Seeing something other than "defendant" or "accused" is heartwarming.\\` ` ` ` < ` )___/\
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10-31-08, 10:52 AM #3
RIP Officer Enchautegui. Comfort wishes to the family.SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
"It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeals , he is unfit to command.
-General Omar Bradley, United States Army
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