A Queens man was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole for killing a Nassau County police officer and a Brooklyn man in 2013.
Acting State Supreme Court Judge Jerald Carter sentenced Darrell Fuller, 34, following the defendant's first-degree murder convictions in July, when a jury took less than five hours to deliver a guilty verdict after a trial that lasted nearly two months.
Some jurors who delivered the guilty verdict were seen arriving for his sentencing Friday.
Fuller murdered Officer Arthur Lopez, who was a 29-year-old from Babylon Village and a member of Nassau police's elite Emergency Service Unit. The deadly confrontation happened Oct. 23, 2012, at 241st Street and Jamaica Avenue near the Nassau-Queens border during a traffic stop after Fuller had fled a car accident.
In a second deadly shooting minutes later, Fuller murdered Raymond Facey, a 58-year-old construction worker who had pulled to the side of the Cross Island Parkway to use his cellphone. Fuller then ditched his disabled car and took off in Facey's car.
The evidence against Fuller, a felon who had been on parole, included Facey's DNA on clothing police recovered from Fuller, who police said orchestrated his own shooting to try to look like the third victim in the case. Tests showed the same gun was used in all three shootings, and police recovered the murder weapon in a car linked to one of Fuller's friends.
Phone records and video that included parts of the police pursuit of Fuller's car after the hit and run were also part of the evidence. Fuller had already been convicted of attempted murder in 2005 and had been coming from a dialysis treatment at a Long Island hospital before the murders.