2009-02-27 / Top Stories

Rockaway Man Gets Life+ In Cop Slay

By Howard Schwach

Dexter Bostic
A Rockaway man, who was found guilty late last year for the shooting death of a police officer during a routine traffic stop, was sentenced by a Queens Supreme Court judge to life plus 55 years with no possibility of parole.

Dexter Bostic, 36, along with two other Rockaway men, Lee Woods and Robert Ellis, shot and killed Police Officer Russell Timoshenko and wounded his partner, Herman Yan, as the two cops approached the stolen car in which they were riding on August 9, 2007.

Published reports of the sentencing say that Bostic, who has a long criminal record, was defiant to the end, reading the judge the poem, "Invictus," rather than making a statement to the court.

"It astonishes me how our justice system could allow so many injustices to me before, after, and even during my trial," he told reporters. "It seems that the justice system was circumvented for me at every turn."

The judge, however, quickly sentenced Bostic to life for the murder of Timoshenko, 40 years to life for the attempted murder of Police Officer Yan and 15 years for weapons possession.

"Make no mistake about it," Judge Plummer Lott told Bostic, "the evidence at trial established overwhelmingly that you shot Russell Timoshenko. That .45-caliber was in your hands and you pulled the trigger."

Robert Ellis was acquitted in Queens Supreme Court of the murder charge at an earlier trial, but convicted for weapons possession. He is now serving 15 years in prison.

In December, the trial of the third man, Lee Woods, was declared a mistrial when a juror fell ill. He is facing a new trial next week.

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