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.

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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.