Prison for man convicted in death of cop hit by someone else

A suburban New York man who was convicted in the death of a police officer on the Long Island Expressway has been sentenced to five years in prison even though the officer was struck and killed by another motorist.

Twenty-eight-year-old James Ryan was sentenced Wednesday in the October 2012 death of Nassau County Officer James Olivieri.

Ryan was convicted in February of 10 of 13 charges, including aggravated criminally negligent homicide, vehicular manslaughter, drunken driving and reckless endangerment.

Prosecutors say Olivieri’s death was Ryan’s fault because his reckless driving caused a chain-reaction crash. The driver who struck and killed Olivieri was not charged.

Ryan’s attorney has said he intends to appeal the conviction.


This story has been corrected to show Ryan was convicted, not acquitted, of 10 charges.

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