2009-04-03 / Top Stories

Rockaway Cop-Killer Sentenced

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 remorseless cop-killer was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison plus 40 years for the execution of Police Officer Russel Timoshenko during a July, 2007 car stop.

Lee Woods is the last of three Rockaway residents who have been tried, convicted, and sentenced in connection with the July 9, 2007 homicide, in which the three were riding in a stolen SUV on a Brooklyn street 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 received 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 by his jury of the murder charges, but convicted on criminal possession of a weapon. Ellis will serve 15 years in prison.

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.

Woods refused to make a statement and then stood impassively in court as Timoshenko's mother, Tatyana Timoshenko made a statement to the court.

"Unfortunately, the death penalty cannot be imposed on Mr. Woods, the same way he imposed a death sentence on our son," she said. You stole our dreams.

"You stole from us everything we worked for. Russell saw opportunities in this country and dedicated himself and sacrificed his life to protecting the people of this city. You also saw opportunities in this country and dedicated yourself to a life of crime", she added.

Proseciutors say that Woods was at the wheel of the stolen SUV when Bostic and Ellis opened fire.

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