A Brooklyn thug who fatally pushed a police officer last year was in court today, where was hit with a 28 1/2-year prison sentence.
In addition to learning his fate, George Villanueva, 52 — who has a lengthy criminal history — used his sentencing hearing to offer a worthless apology to the victim’s family.
Villanueva was convicted of first-degree aggravated manslaughter earlier this month after fatally pushing NYPD Officer Alain Schaberger off a stairwell at his Brooklyn apartment in March of last year (he was found not guilty of a murder charge, which could have landed him in prison for life).
On March 13, 2011, police were called to the Boerum Hill apartment of Villanueva’s girlfriend in response to a domestic violence incident between the couple. When police showed up, Villanueva was gone.
According to Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes, officers then went to Villanueva’s, apartment, where they found him and brought him outside on the stoop of the building. When Schaberger attempted to slap cuffs on Villanueva, Villanueva pushed him over a railing. Schaberger fell over the railing and landed head-first on the landing of a basement stairwell. He was later pronounced dead at Lutheran Hospital.
Villanueva maintains that he’s not responsible for Schaberger’s death, reportedly telling the officer’s family this morning to “do the math. I’m not some idiot. I’m not going turn a simple domestic thing with my girlfriend into a murder case. My deepest condolences go out to you guys.”
He went further, telling the family “you guys look like good people, educated people. But the fact of the matter is, I didn’t push your son, all right?”
In addition to the manslaughter conviction, Villanueva also was convicted of aggravated criminal contempt for violating an order of protection his girlfriend
had filed against him.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 23, 2012