The teenage boy accused of setting the fire that killed a police officer in a Coney Island public housing high-rise has been charged with second-degree murder, reports CBS New York.
Marcell Dockery, 16, was indicted by a grand jury on the charge of second-degree murder, also called felony murder. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison.
He was already charged with arson, assault and reckless endangerment.
“The senseless act of setting that fire tragically led to the death of NYPD Officer Dennis Guerra. His partner Officer Rosa Rodriguez suffered critical injuries. Both dedicated and courageous officers did not hesitate to risk their lives to save others. We will bring the Defendant to justice for these terrible and horrific crimes,” Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson said in a statement.
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