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Police shooter

gets prison

A man has been sentenced to prison for seriously wounding two police officers and shooting at a third in a Queens subway station.

District Attorney Richard A. Brown said Raul Nunez was sentenced Thursday to 55 years.

A struggle erupted when the officers stopped Nunez for suspected farebeating in October 2008 in Long Island City.

Officer Shane Farina was wounded by a bullet that passed through his lung and intestine.

Officer Jason Maass was hit in the lower back by bullets ricocheting up from the ground. He had to retire at the age of 28 because of his injuries.

Nunez was convicted of aggravated assault on a police officer, attempted manslaughter, and weapon possession.

Bribery charge for

state senator

Federal authorities have added bribery charges against a state senator from Brooklyn charged in a federal influence-peddling case.

A rewritten indictment filed in federal court in Manhattan yesterday spells out new charges against Sen. Carl Kruger, a Democrat.

This time, authorities have charged Kruger with conspiring to commit bribery and a second money-laundering conspiracy count. They say Kruger received a string of bribes totaling at least $1 million.

A senator since 1994, Kruger was the powerful Senate Finance Committee chairman from 2008 to 2010 when Democrats controlled the Senate. A lawyer for Kruger did not return a telephone message for comment.

Verdict thrown out for

prosecution tactics

An appeals court has tossed out a bribery conviction that accompanied a sensational sex case against a former Manhattan private school headmistress and teacher. She was found guilty of having a sexual liaison with an underage student.

Yesterday's ruling orders a new trial solely on charges that Lina Sinha bribed another former student to lie to investigators. Her conviction on sodomy and other charges stands.

The State Supreme Court's Appellate Division said it rejected the bribery conviction because of "intolerable" conduct by Manhattan prosecutors. They didn't disclose until late in the trial certain things they'd done to help the second former student with his legal trouble elsewhere.

Prosecutors had no immediate comment. Sinha lawyer Joel Rudin says he'll press to get her entire conviction reversed.

Slain child's

heart donated

The heart of a Brooklyn foster child who died from a brutal beating has been donated to a 1-year-old Baltimore girl.

The announcement was printed in the funeral program for 18-month-old Louis Dewayne Mosley, who was buried Wednesday.

His death March 28 was declared a homicide. He suffered blunt-force injuries, cuts, broken ribs and damage to his lungs.

Prosecutors allege Louis was beaten by his foster mother's boyfriend.

Authorities originally gave the toddler's name as Kymell Oram; that last name is his birth mother's.

Not-guilty plea

in parking assault

A court document shows a driver charged with sending a woman into a coma in a dispute over a New York City parking spot told police he hit her because she'd slapped him in the face.

Oscar Fuller pleaded not guilty Thursday to a felony assault charge.

Prosecutors say he and Lana Rosas squared off in February as she tried to hold a Manhattan parking spot for her boyfriend. They say Fuller hit Rosas so hard she "flew off her feet" and hit her head on the ground.

A court document released Thursday shows Fuller told police he punched her in the face after she swung at him two or three times.

An update on Rosas' condition wasn't immediately available from a hospital.

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