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Roosevelt Man Will Serve 25 Years for Attempted Murder

Local News, Crime

A 23-year-old Roosevelt man pleaded guilty to charges of attempted murder after shooting a Hempstead police officer in the arm and back.

A Roosevelt man pleaded guilty on Monday to attempted murder after shooting a Hempstead police officer responding to a street robbery.

23-year-old Michael Benitez opened fire on officers who were pursuing him in connection to a robbery that had taken place earlier in the morning, according to the Nassau County District Attorney’s office.  One of the officers followed Benitez on foot was shot in the left arm and back; the latter was stopped by his bulletproof vest.  
 
Despite his injuries, the officer was able to return fire, hitting Benitez in the groin, thigh and arm.  The officer ultimately shot the gun out of Benitez’s hand after he refused to drop the weapon.  
 
“This is an incredible example of the danger our police officers face every day, and the incredible talent and bravery they possess. The communication, quick response time, and commitment of these officers guarantees that this dangerous criminal will no longer be able to threaten our communities,” District Attorney Kathleen Rice said.
 
Benitez pleaded guilty shortly after opening arguments began at his trial on Monday.  Judge Tammy Robbins who presided over Benitez trial agreed to sentence him to 25 years in prison in exchange for his plea.  The official sentencing will take place on March 11.
 
 
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8 comments

alex Jan 29th, 2013 11:50 AM

Good. One less scumbag off the streets. This is something that needs to happen more often--just sentencing for crimes.

Red Jan 29th, 2013 12:11 PM

this is why i couldnt be a cop; they have to try everything before shooting to defend themselves and the public, criminals can fire at will and cops have to run and take cover and try to talk them out of it. thats the problem with todays police system.

Jesse Jan 29th, 2013 12:17 PM

i salute the officer for continuing and doing his job despite his injuries. the man is a true hero. we need more like him on the force.

gabe Jan 30th, 2013 11:59 AM

i have a feeling all these gun related crimes are getting attention to further the gun bans being proposed. 

jo Jan 30th, 2013 12:15 PM

how is it that you can get only 25 yrs for trying to murder someone now? it should be life. just because the person survived doesnt mean its any less serious of a crime!

Amy Gernon Jan 31st, 2013 07:39 AM

Gun crimes are certainly getting attention, and if there was ever a time that they were not, the news media was not fulfilling its duty.  That goes for all topics of interest to the public, and even those topics that don't particularly interest the public, but are still important.  But, we do not write our articles to advance any legislative agenda, we write to inform.  

Scott S. Jan 31st, 2013 12:30 PM

Amy, you have to admit; news follows trends. If you were to cover suffocations deaths or something of the sort, no one would read it. Gun crimes are the big hoo-ha right now, so all media is jumping on board. It's not a bad thing--awareness is always important--but it is fairly obvious. 

Hecter Jan 31st, 2013 12:31 PM

amy ive seen tons of gun articles year round. it doesnt change and i dont think there is any agenda. like you said its making the public take notice. keep on writing!

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