2009-05-08 / Top Stories

Cop-Killer's Sister Gets Probation

Charged Witth Hiding Murder Weapon
By Howard Schwach

The sister of the Rockaway man recently convicted for the murder of Police Officer Russell Timoshenko pled guilty to helping her brother and two others to escape, but will serve no jail time for her actions, officials say.

Former Rockaway resident Nicole Bostic, 29, was facing up to seven years in prison for her role in the July 9, 2007 shooting, in which Timoshenko was killed and his partner, Police Officer Martin Yan, was wounded.

Prosecutors believe that Nicole Bostic helped Lee Woods, another Rockaway man convicted in relation to the slaying, hide the three guns that were used to shoot the officers. Bostic, however, only admitted to giving Woods a ride after the shooting.

She pled guilty this week in Brooklyn Criminal Court to a misdemeanor charge of hindering prosecution, in return for three years of probation and no jail time.

Bostic's attorney told reporters that she did not want to put her mother through another trial.

Bostic's brother, Dexter Bostic, who fired the gun, and Woods, her ex-boyfriend, who was driving the stolen SUV on Brooklyn streets when it was pulled over on a routine traffic stop, were convicted of killing the police officer and are serving life without parole.

Robert Ellis, the third Rockaway man involved in the shooting, was acquitted of the murder, but is serving a 15-year term in prison for gun possession.

Timoshenko's mother, Taryana, told reporters after the plea agreement that she would have rather seen Nicole serve time in jail for her actions.

"I would have liked her to serve some jail, but not for the rest of her life, to show that it wasn't OK to help these guys," she said.

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