2009-03-20 / Top Stories

Rockaway Cop-Killer Found Guilty

By Howard Schwach

Lee Woods, who was convicted this week of killing Police Officer Russell Timoshenko, being arrested in 2006 for a stabbing at the McDonald's in Far Rockaway. Photo by Howard Schwach Lee Woods, who was convicted this week of killing Police Officer Russell Timoshenko, being arrested in 2006 for a stabbing at the McDonald's in Far Rockaway. Photo by Howard Schwach A Brooklyn jury on Monday convicted a second Rockaway man of murder for the shooting of Police Officer Russell Timoshenko during a 2007 traffic stop.

Lee Woods, 31, faces mandatory life in prison plus 55 years when he is was sentenced on April 2 for the murder of Timoshenko and the attempted murder of his partner, Police Officer Herman Yan.

Woods is the last of three Rockaway residents who have been tried and convicted in connection with the July 9, 2007 homicide, in which the three were riding in a stolen SUV when the two cops stopped them. As the cops approached the car, shots rang out, killing Timoshenko and wounding Yan, who was saved by his ballistic vest.

Woods will receive the same sentence as another Rockaway ex-con, Dexter Bostic, 36, who was tried and sentenced earlier this year.

The third member of the trio, Robert Ellis, 35, was cleared of the murder charges, but convicted on criminal possession of a weapon. Ellis will serve 15 years in prison.

The Brooklyn Supreme Court jury reached its decision after deliberating for about 18 hours over three days.

The jury apparently rejected Woods' argument that he was only driving the car, and fired no shots at the two cops.

Woods' first trial ended in a mistrial when one of the jurors took sick and could no longer deliberate. New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly issued a statement after the trial.

"This was a just verdict for a horrendous crime, and I hope it brings some measure of peace to the Timoshenko's who have demonstrated such fortitude as they waited patiently for some measure of justice in the wake of their son's murder," Kelly said.

Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch had stronger feelings. He applauded the "verdict that will keep this animal off the streets. He will never kill another New York City police officer."

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