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Nelson Morales Guilty of Robbery & Second Degree Murder of NYPD Police Officer In a trial held in State Supreme

Court in Brooklyn, defendant Nelson Morales, 29, was found guilty on May 24, 2013 of robbery and second degree murder. Morales was one of five men involved in the death of police officer Figoski. Morales was convicted for leading a five man crew in a robbery of a drug dealer, which occurred in December of 2011,who lived his uncles basement and for the shooting death of officer Figoski, even though Morales did not pull the trigger. Pride, one of the crew members who tried to escape after the robbery, shot and killed officer Figoski and was convicted of second degree murder in a Brooklyn trial last month. Defense lawyers for Morales argued that Pride had forced Morales to participate in the crime at gunpoint. Morales faces a 25 year to life sentence and returns to court on June 13 for sentencing. The getaway driver, Michael Velez, 22 was acquitted in the same trial as Pride. Summations in the case against Morales co-defendant Kevin Santos will be heard on Tuesday May 28, 2013. The other suspect, Ariel Tejada, 24, made a deal with prosecutor to testify against the other four crew members in exchange for an 18 year prison sentence. New York Robbery and Murder Charges You can be charged in New York with either murder in the second degree under New York Penal Code, Article Section 125.25, or murder in the first degree under Penal Code Section 127.27, which are both Class A-1 felonies. Murder in the second degree is when a person causes or intends to cause the death of another person. If a death results during a felony robbery, even if a person is acting alone or in a group, it is considered murder in the second degree. A conviction means up to 15 years in prison and a $15,000 fine. Penalties are enhanced when there is a death of a police officer, and you could face a sentence of 15-25 years in prison or life in prison without parole. Murder in the first degree is when a person intends to cause the death of a person, causes the death of that person or a third party. There is premeditation and deliberation. You could be charged with murder in the first degree when there are multiple murders, death caused by torture, a terrorist act or there is a murder for hire. You could receive a 20-25 year sentence or life in prison without the possibility of parole. New York Criminal Defense Attorney Facing robbery and/or murder charges in New York are considered serious violent crimes. Prosecutors will prosecute these cases to the fullest extent of the law. That is why you need the assistance of a qualified and experienced New York criminal defense attorney to represent you in fighting the charges. Bukh Law Firm P.C. (14 Wall St, New York NY 10005, (212) 729-1632) will argue strong defenses on your behalf in order to get your charges reduced to a less serious offense, negotiate a plea bargain, alternative sentencing or get the case dismissed.