NEW YORK (AP) — A teenager who prosecutors say set a mattress fire that killed a New York City police officer and injured another officer has been found guilty of murder.
Eighteen-year-old Marcell Dockery also was convicted of arson and assault charges Thursday after a trial at Brooklyn Supreme Court.
New York Police Department officers Dennis Guerra (GEHR’-uh) and Rosa Rodriguez were trapped in the April 6, 2014 fire and overcome by smoke in the Brooklyn apartment building.
Guerra died three days later. Rodriguez spent six weeks in a hospital.
Dockery testified in his own defense, and said he discovered the fire and tried to save other residents.
In a note announcing the verdict, jurors wrote to the judge that Dockery “didn’t mean to harm anyone” and that they “hope leniency can be shown.”
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