A Queens man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing a New York City cop in 2015.
Demetrius Blackwell, 37, was sentenced on Dec. 19 by New York Supreme Court Judge Gregory Lasak, reports the Daily Mail.
Lasak called Blackwell a "cold, calculating killer" for the shooting death of 25-year-old police officer Brian Moore. "You realize what you did. You killed a man for no reason."
Blackwell was found guilty of first-degree murder in November by a jury that deliberated for five hours.
He was also found guilty of the attempted murder of Brian's partner, Erik Jansen, and criminal possession of a weapon.
Brian, the son of an NYPD sergeant, was on duty in Queens with Jansen when they encountered Blackwell on May 2, 2015.
As part of an elite anti-crime unit that patrolled in plainclothes and unmarked cars looking for suspicious activity, Brian and Jansen were wearing street clothes in an unmarked car when they attempted to stop Blackwell, who was suspected of carrying a handgun.
According to authorities, Blackwell opened fire, shooting Brian twice in the head. He died two days later and was posthumously promoted to Detective First-Grade. Jansen wasn't injured, according to reports.
Irene Moore, the fallen officer's mother, spoke before Blackwell was sentenced, as reported by WABC.
"My bond, my soul was abruptly severed from me," she said of her son's death. "For me there is no moving on … At the end of the day, there was justice done for Brian's killing but it is a hole and it is a void that will never ever be filled."
"With every single missed birthday, holiday, every milestone that won't be, all that he didn't get to do, these are all painful, agonizing feelings that will be with me forever," she added. "And this is my life sentence without the chance of parole."
Outside the courtroom, Brian's police officer father offered harsh words about the killer.
"I know this piece of garbage is going to go away for the rest of his life without parole," he said. "But I feel that if New York state had the death penalty, I'd love to see this animal put down once and for all."
The defense argued that Blackwell has severe mental health issues and was not in control of his actions.
But the prosecution painted Blackwell as a heartless murderer. "He's remorseless and just doesn't give a damn," Queens Assistant District Attorney Dan Saunders said. The prosecution said he was more concerned about the outcome of the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao boxing match than Brian's death.
"We're paid to do this job," Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said after the verdict. "Our families are not. Their courage is overwhelming and gives us all the strength we need to do this difficult job."