The 31-year-old man accused in the slaying of an NYPD officer last month is heading to prison on unrelated illegal substances charges. Tyrone Howard was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Thursday for breaking a pact in his plea agreement that he would go into a treatment program.
Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Patricia Nunez initially sent him into rehab. He was out on bail and was supposed to have started the program when he killed Officer Randolph Holder.
Nunez defended her actions and accused city officials of putting out a “false narrative” that the courts let a violent criminal out of jail. She told Howard he disrespected the mercy that was given to him.