The Guyanese born NYPD officer who was gunned down during a chase in Harlem, will be laid to rest in his native Guyana following funeral services in New York. The NY Daily News reports on the cop killer who had his day in court today.
“A hero city cop, unlike the cold-blooded career criminal accused of taking his life, never had a second chance.
An outraged Mayor de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton blasted the court program that freed a one-time PCP addict with a 16-year rap sheet — leaving him free to kill Officer Randolph Holder.
Not only did murder suspect Tyrone (Peanut) Howard dodge a six-year prison term after selling a sob story to a Manhattan judge, he repeatedly eluded arrest for seven weeks after a Sept. 1 shooting, police said.
“The perpetrator involved here was obviously a hardened and violent criminal,” de Blasio said Wednesday at a news conference at police headquarters. “He should not have been on the streets.”
An irate Bratton blasted the May decision to spare the recidivist drug dealer with at least 23 arrests — including one for the 2009 shooting of an 11-year-old boy — from jail time.
Howard, 30, was instead steered to a drug diversion program despite the Manhattan district attorney’s demand for the six-year sentence.
The accused cop killer was charged Wednesday night with murder and robbery for his brief one-man crime spree through East Harlem.
Howard, flanked by six cops, walked silently with his head hanging down when he limped from the 25th Precinct stationhouse. The slain cop’s partner managed to wound the suspect in the leg, police said.
Cops said Howard pulled a .40-caliber handgun with a 30-shot clip and fired a single bullet into Holder’s forehead Tuesday night.
The decorated cop died two hours later at Harlem Hospital, the fourth NYPD line of duty killing in the last 11 months.
“If ever there was a candidate not to be diverted, it was this guy,” Bratton sniped of Howard. “He’s a poster boy for not being diverted. His whole life has been about an escalation of crime … and now we have the murder of a New York City police officer.”
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Edward McLaughlin, while calling the Tuesday night killing of Holder “an absolute tragedy,” defended his decision to spare Howard from jail.
“I don’t get a crystal ball when I get the robe,” McLaughlin told the Daily News. “I know I made the right decision. … I’m confident it’s accurate and appropriate.”
While McLaughlin insisted he was unaware of any violent crimes involving Howard, a Daily News review of a December 2014 court transcript indicates a defense lawyer broached the subject.
“And there is another thing … which shows arrest for violent crime,” said attorney Robert Levy. “No complaint, no indictment. But it’s there.”
McLaughlin agreed to refer Howard for diversion assessment, and Justice Patricia Nunez ultimately approved the deal on May 14. Howard then skipped out on a Sept. 17 court date, and a bench warrant was issued.
A source indicated Howard’s lawyer wrote a letter asking for special treatment because prison time would have made life tough for the defendant’s common-law wife and two kids.
The murdered Officer Holder left behind a 16-year-old daughter, according to his dad.
Howard was rejected from the diversion program in 2011 after his arrest for smoking PCP while carrying 22 bags of crack and cocaine, court records show. He instead pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to 18 months.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance was fuming Wednesday about what happened despite his office’s strenuous objections.” (NY Daily News)