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Man gets 22 years for burglary, cop assault

A Freeport man was sentenced to 22 years in prison yesterday after a jury found him guilty of burglarizing a Rockville Centre home and fighting with police officers who attempted to arrest him at the scene.

Jerry Valery, 41, was convicted in June of two counts of first-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree assault, second- and third-degree attempted robbery and resisting arrest. He was sentenced this morning by Nassau Court Judge David Sullivan.

Valery's lawyer, William Rost of Mineola, said his client intends to appeal the jury's verdict.

Prosecutors said Valery entered an Allen Road home at about 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22, 2010, by pushing in a dining room window air conditioner. He proceeded to steal jewelry and electronics, including a camera and a laptop computer. Valery tripped the home's burglary alarm when he entered, and two Rockville Centre police officers quickly arrived at the scene, prosecutors said.

Valery violently resisted officers when they confronted him inside the rear of the home, prosecutors said. He threw punches at them and grabbed one of their firearm holsters before they used a stun gun on him and arrested him. Both officers were treated for minor injuries.

"Police officers place themselves in danger every day, and this situation could have quickly turned tragic if not for the excellent work by these two officers," Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said. "Their bravery and professionalism helped to ensure that Mr. Valery will be off of our streets for a very long time."

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