Man Convicted Of Killing LAPD Officer Sentenced To No Prison Time

LAPD Officer Nicholas Lee was killed in the line of duty on March 7, 2014.

Los Angeles, CA – A man convicted of vehicular manslaughter for killing a Los Angeles police officer in 2014 was sentenced to probation only on Tuesday.

Dump truck driver Robert Maldonado, 49, will serve no time in prison, despite causing the collision that killed veteran Los Angeles Police Officer Nicholas Lee, KABC reported.

He faced potential prison time of up to six years, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

The incident occurred at approximately 8 a.m. on March 7, 2014, when Maldonado’s dump truck slammed into the officer’s patrol vehicle, killing him on impact, KABC reported.

A female officer, who had graduated from the police academy just three months earlier, also sustained non-life threatening injuries in the crash, MyNewsLA.com reported.

Investigators determined that Maldonado, who owns a dump truck company, failed to properly maintain and inspect his truck as required by law, which caused the brakes to fail.

In April of 2017, Maldonado pleaded no contest to the felony charge, on the condition that the offense would be reduced to a misdemeanor if he was not arrested or convicted of another offense for a period of one year.

On Tuesday, Judge David Stuart determined that Maldonado satisfied the requirements of the plea agreement, and sentenced him to five years of probation on the lesser offense.

“I’m very happy with this outcome, although it’s a very tragic case that a police officer has been lost,” Maldonado’s attorney, Andrew Flier, told MyNewsLA.com. “We wish the best for the Lee family.”

Officer Lee, 40, was a 16-year veteran of the LAPD, KABC reported.

He immigrated to the U.S. from Korea with his family when he was six years old, and went on to earn over 70 commendations during his career with the department.

“Nick was a great cop,” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said, according to the department’s website. “His hard work, dedication and leadership helped mold young police officers into law enforcement professionals.”

Officer Lee married his wife, Cathy, in 2001, and was the father of two young girls.

Comments (39)
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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

From the article, and despite the click bait title, it doesn't read like he deserves jail time. It was a horrible accident due to negligence, which is exactly what manslaughter was made for.

Star2013
Star2013

It's sad cuz a lot of times we do not get Justice that we think we deserve. The Lost sock pretty much more in favor of the Criminal I had a sexual assault case and nothing got done about it I had other cases and they just don't ever get done nothing about it because the law is in favor of the criminals. But we need to not focus on this energy on you could share video we need to focus on this officers family and praying for them cuz there's nothing we can do to change the outcome. And pray for this guy to cuz he's a lost soul.

John-Brown
John-Brown

Highest_Retard, of course he deserved jail time. Not only was the dump truck unsafe, the driver was the owner which makes his culpability for the death even more so. I hope the family of the officer sues the shit out of him. As a business owner, he might have deep pockets which the family of the officer surely deserve.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

Professions aside, vehicular homicides are often handled in that manner; Maldonado having no intention to kill.

LAHeat875
LAHeat875

This is Kalifornia. No one goes to jail anymore.

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

Low_estCommnDenomn,
The words “accident” and “negligence” do not belong in the same sentence. Jail time is certainly appropriate when “negligence” causes
someone’s death.

Eaglescout
Eaglescout

Wow bigyoda, I agree completely. 10's of thousands of cops would be in jail. Sorry, I forgot for a moment that the law doesn't apply to cops.

Propolice
Propolice

You are simple minded...eaglescout🤬

Hwninblu
Hwninblu

I agree with the verdict, but it doesn't exclude to civilly sue the driver and the insurance co. to support the Officers wife n children

StandingForTheBlue
StandingForTheBlue

I hope the officer’s wife brings a liability suit against the driver and his company. He cannot help the life he took, but the least he can do is support the family whose father he killed through negligence.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

"The lawyer said then that he did not think the case would have been filed the same way if the victim was not a police officer." I agree with this and think it is a bad thing.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@John-Brown
Hey Big Talk, i was wondering when you were going to reply to me again, just so i could call you Big Talk.

No he didnt deserve jail time, as i stated before.

Eaglescout
Eaglescout

Propolice
the copsucker. Are you really that stupid or just a liar?

John-Brown
John-Brown

Highest_Retard, again, a post with no substance. Are you getting depressed that your google stats are going down? And you are the one that backed down from a "man's" fight. I'm still here and waiting. And you got your chance to call me Big Talk. Are you feeling less emotional now?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@John-Brown
😂 nice flip of the script, Nutless. I'm fine letting you continue to talk shit, because given a great opportunity to "give me a lesson" in person, your response was "i don't fight fair."

You're a bitch that uses anonymity as his shield. Talk all the shit you want, clown.

John-Brown
John-Brown

Highest_Retard, I actually gave you directions to put you within spitting distance of my house. Who's talking shit, pussy?

usac95
usac95

This is BS

Marxest
Marxest

Maldonado didn't receive prison because the judge didn't think he deserved prison. Yes he was negligent with his truck and that lead to the death of a good officer. R.I.P. The sentence was very light for a manslaughter case. But that's the judge wanted to play it. Hopefully the family will bring a successful lawsuit against Maldonado.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@John-Brown
Wrong, boy. You gave instructions on how to get me shot. I said meet at a neutral place and duke it out. You get your ass kicked and live to continue being a keyboard ninja.

Youve already said you don't fight fair, and that you'd have a blue light on outside of your house if i come by. You're a bitch and the only way you could ever be a threat to anyone is with your gun. You know, how most tough guy thugs act.

Shut your gutless ass up and keep using your monitor as a shield, Big Talk.

John-Brown
John-Brown

I never said anything about a gun. Paranoid much?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@John-Brown
You're an old white man telling me to come to your house. It would be dumb of me to not think you were up to some sneaky "stand your ground" bullshit.

I think you're the paranoid one, thinking "what if i did meet up and lose handily, and he posts video of the encounter? Then everyone would really know I'm all bark and no bite. I can't risk that."

You're a fake thug. It's time you accept that.

John-Brown
John-Brown

Wow you are paranoid. And FYI, there is no "stand your ground" privilege in MD. Nor does the "Castle Doctrine" apply. And I'm not as old as you might think. I became a cop at 21.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@John-Brown
Good, I won't feel as bad for fucking you up if you're my age. To rule out any other defenses though, meeting up at a boxing gym is the safest for everyone involved.

Is this you accepting, by the way?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@John-Brown
You shouldnt have anything to worry about. As far as you know, I've never been in any real fights, and my training won't work.

John-Brown
John-Brown

This is not California. I know of no boxing gyms in the area. How about a church parking lot?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@John-Brown lucky for you, there's google. This place looks good, and shouldn't be too far from you.

American Muay Thai
7214 Harford Road,
Parkville, MD 21234

John-Brown
John-Brown

It's on the other side of Baltimore. I already gave you directions to where I live. I gave you everything but my street address. The church lot nearby should be fine. There is always someone around to stop the fight before it goes too far.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@John-Brown
Stop crying about other side of baltimore. I'm coming from silver spring to let you talk your shit in person.
There are plenty other spots,google and pick one. no parking lot fighting. And that's not neutral if its by your house. also, That attracts the authorItes. Pick somewhere neutral.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@John-Brown
This place is in Towson. Plenty of floor space for mutual combat.

Parisi Speed School of Towson
1119 Cromwell Bridge Rd, Towson, MD 21286

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@John-Brown
Also, something you said made me think you're afraid I'm going to pound you unconscious. That's not my aim at all, and not the purpose of a spar. I'm not worried about the fight going too far, that's not what I'm going for. No one needs to be injured while sparring if it can be helped.

BUT, this is a great chance to test yourself. To see if your talk is worth it. I don't want either of us to get injured, but i will be fighting like it's a challenge, and I'll take your lead. If you just box, i just box. If you kick just once, we are now kick boxing. If you take me to the ground, we are now in mixed martial arts territory and everything is good except for elbows, knees, groin shots, and other intentionally harmful strikes.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@John-Brown
I just need you to say yes.

John-Brown
John-Brown

Yes to the church lot.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@John-Brown
Yeah, that's not neutral. It seems like you want some kind of open forum that allows others to interfere. Is that what you're going for? Stand by your words by yourself, Spineless.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@John-Brown
You're just wasting time and saving face. No worries, fake thug. We don't have to spar.

John-Brown
John-Brown

Highest_Retard, what makes you such the man that I have to agree with your rules. You think what you want. It sounds to me that you are the one pussing out because you can't have it your way. I fight on my terms, not that of some internet thug. I am ready and waiting. You say the word. Or just keep running your mouth like the pussy we all know you for being.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@John-Brown
Too late for all the talk, Nutless. Don't break bad now that I'm not interested in wasting my time. If you really wanted to fight, you'd have said so days ago.

Now, respond about how I'm backing down and call me a pussy again.

Webster82
Webster82

Marxest - that's not how the judicial system works. The judge is (or should be) more like a referee in cases like this.

John-Brown
John-Brown

OK, you're backing down and your a pussy.