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Queens sniper gets 384 years in prison



“The Red Car Sniper,” will not be on the road again.

Michael Coletta, 39, who killed a father of three, wounded four other people, and terrorized Queens in a drug-fueled, eight-hour drive-by shooting spree in August 2006, was sentenced Thursday to 384 years in prison by Queens Supreme Court Judge Michael Aloise.

The bricklayer, who shot mostly the occupants of red vehicles with his 9 mm automatic, was convicted of murder and 13 counts of attempted murder November 22.

Coletta, who apparently was embittered by a break up and high on drugs at the time of the attacks, told the judge, “I’m not guilty of all these crimes,” before wishing everyone a merry Christmas and happy Chanukah, according to published reports.

Mary Upton, wife of Todd Upton, 51, the UPS employee slain by Coletta, lambasted her husband’s killer at the sentencing for his apparent lack of remorse.

“If you had been a skilled marksman, there would have been many more,” she said.

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