Cop Killer Sentenced to 28 and a Half Years to Life for Death of NYPD Officer Alain Schaberger

Justice Neil Firetog delivered the sentence to George Villanueva in Brooklyn Supreme Court Wednesday morning.

BROOKLYN, NY -- A year after over a railing to his death, a career criminal was sentenced Wednesday to serve 28 and half years to life—even though he declared to the court: "I'm not a killer. I never was."

George Villanueva—a career criminal who had 30 previous arrests and a history of domestic abuse—was sentenced on Wednesday by Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Neil Firetog to the maximum of 28 and a half years to life behind bars for aggravated manslaughter and aggravated criminal contempt for violating an order of protection.

"My big brother, my only sibling was killed," said the fallen officer's sister Tracey Wagner, holding back tears. "That's my reality. In the 14 months that have passed, the pain and sorrow hasn't lessened. I've just learned to cope with it better."

The victim's father also spoke, imploring the court to the enforce the maximum sentence.

"His vicious nature makes him totally unfit to be a part of this society. I believe that God's domain is mercy," said Paul Schaberger, 64, who struggled to speak at various points during his statement. "The domain of this court is justice. Alain's nieces will never know him. I implore you to exercise justice, the full measure of justice."

Prosecutor Mark Hale echoed those sentiments with his closing statements regarding the defendant's history in and out of jail.

"His life is a pattern of criminalty going from time to time to time," said Hale. "He has no job, no skills, no vocation...After a certain point we have to say that we cannot rehabilitate this person. There is nothing more that we can do for you than to keep you away from us."

Before Judge Firetog offered his sentence, Villanueva used his opportunity to speak to express his "deepest condolences" to the family who he kept looking over his shoulder at.

"The fact of the matter is I didn't push your son, alright," he said. "I gained nothing by doing that. I'm not some idiot. Do the math."

"I'm not gonna turn a simple domestic thing with my girlfriend into a murder case," he continued. "If I had known that guy was gonna fall over [the railing], I would have grabbed him. I'm not a killer. I never was."

A jury acquitted Villanueva, 42, of murder on May 2, of the manslaughter charge for his involvement in the death of Police Officer Alain Schaberger. Villanueva also was convicted of aggravated criminal contempt for violating an order of protection his girlfriend had filed against him. 

After responding to a domestic violence call, the officer from the 84th Precinct struggled with Villanueva in a cement stairwell where he was .

Senator Daniel Squadron  with the support of Senator Martin Golden and Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal that would create a felony charge of "aggravated domestic violence" for abusers who commit at least two offenses within a five year period. Villanueva had a 12-year history of repeated offenses. But they were all considered misdemeanors.

In addition to his parents May and Paul Schaberger, Officer Alain Schaberger is survived by his fiancée . 


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R. Harris May 23, 2012 at 09:55 PM
We put a very low price on the lives of our peace officers. Low wages, and low sentences for cop killers.
Frank Yates May 23, 2012 at 10:09 PM
my heart goes out to officers family, im very sorry
mike May 23, 2012 at 10:10 PM
It will go from i didnt do it, to i killed a cop the moment he enters prison, he will get prestigue and what he considers respect from the other inmates,, to kill a cop is the best of the best in there
David Murray May 23, 2012 at 11:01 PM
A lot of officers make at least 100k a year.They have full health insurance and retirement plans.They get well compensated for their service.
H Hennessy May 23, 2012 at 11:22 PM
DAVID MURRAY WHAT ARE YOU SOME KIND OF WANKER.?W hy don't you join the force or sign up for active duty in the service
H Hennessy May 23, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Justice would have been 480 volts through his body or jumper cables connected up to his nipples.lol
Deborah Christiano May 23, 2012 at 11:31 PM
David, You're an IDIOT!!!! Death is not Compensation...Moron!!!
jim May 23, 2012 at 11:55 PM
he can not come back but his killer should suffer the same death
jim May 24, 2012 at 12:00 AM
not correct, i was a prision guard in Tx for 20 years and saw many ex cops in jail but none were killed.
Lori kaminsky May 24, 2012 at 12:13 AM
12 years of repeated offenses! Why was this guy out, what happened to the three strikes rule, where after three crimes a criminal gets life in prison?
jim May 24, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Are you some kind of a bible toter, this bastard skould die in a electric chair, look at his crimes and no remorse he may visit you after he is released kill the scum
Randolley May 24, 2012 at 12:25 AM
The matter is over but why was the cop by a rail that he could fall over? Know your surroundings. It is a shame people don't respect cops. Too many of them are getting killed. Life is not a video game.
Janice L Cooper May 24, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Ya'll r soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo RITE, Deborah & H Hennessy!!! Mr Murray is a moron w/ NO POINT!!!
Janice L Cooper May 24, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Randolley ur point?
shaw smith May 24, 2012 at 01:04 AM
In Virginia, if a cop dies as a result of an action by you, you are charged with a capitol offense and will be sentenced to death. You may have a chance to rot on death row for ten or more years, but you will die.
Alexandrea Wayne May 24, 2012 at 02:04 AM
He go 28 1/2 years to LIFE. Parole boards don't look kindly on people who will not admit fault to their crime and very seldom will release murderers for a very long time.
pam fultz May 24, 2012 at 02:09 AM
100 k a year you dont know what you are talkin about !
RPD May 24, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Scumbag got what he deserved. 28 1/2 years is only a partial payment for killing a law enforcement officer. The rest of the payment will come when he dies and goes to Hell for all eternity. Justice is not swift or everlasting, but damnation is forever.
Chris May 24, 2012 at 03:06 AM
I would like to know where they get $100,000 per year? Because that's not the pay anywhere in my entire state or any state around us. And $100,000 and all the benifits you can give someone doesn't cover them being murdered.
andre May 24, 2012 at 03:40 AM
chris, nassau county police , and many othere police do get 100k , not that they aren't worth it, you put your life on the line = the value. no one should sentenced less than life for murder, i personally believe that anyone how is deemed unfit to be rehabilitated and returned to community should have life terminated immediately, no wrongful death cases attatched
SMRTNUP May 24, 2012 at 04:07 AM
As it is written, . . "It seems, the good, they die young". . . It also seems that people who are always looking for trouble usually involve someone else in their search and when they find what they're looking for. . . It's a story as old as time itself ! . . . My sincere condolences to the Officer's friends and family. . . . God Bless.
SMRTNUP May 24, 2012 at 04:11 AM
You didn't read the article fully. . . The priors were all misdeamenors ! . . Three Strikes rule deals with FELONIES. . .
SMRTNUP May 24, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Correction; - Misdemeanors . . I think ? . . . ha.
SMRTNUP May 24, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Sydney, . . Being a cop killer he will likely never breathe free air again, . . and if he does, . . You know the local cops are gonna watch his every move and if he even spits on a sidewalk he'll go right back in ! . . . Cop killers NEVER get past it, . . Never ! . . Not above ground anyhow. . .
SMRTNUP May 24, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Yep, . . . IDIOT, . . . That's the right word. . .
Instigator May 24, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Looks like someone turned the tables on the thugs in blue couldnt he just use the same line as them and say he was in fear for his life and got off scott free
Nicky Stixx May 24, 2012 at 05:32 AM
I hate to spoil all of your fun, but is it possible it could have been an accident? It is easy, once you're marked, to aquire many misdemeanors. I know from my son-in-law, who resides there, as he has at least 6, he's 22, and the nicest kid on the planet. Granted, sounds like this guy has some issues, w/ the restraining order, but the fact is, they were misdemeanors. He doesn't sound like a killer to me. My condolences to the officers family and fiance'.
DUSTIN PARKER May 24, 2012 at 06:35 AM
way i see it some parts i have to aree it could have ben an accident and 2nd they should re act crime at crime seen or react it way it happen then go to charges wise and wight it out i think 28.1/2 years is little harsh to point wise and my condolences to famly and fiance .
warren garrison May 24, 2012 at 07:15 AM
can't believe how many stories I read that remind me of what George Zimmerman went through the night HE HAD to shoort Martin in order to save HIS life. All the damn lynch mob mentality people who be singing a completely different story if GZ had been a relative of theirs. They damn sure would not be treating Martin like some innocent little kid who was as big as any grown man, and certainly as strong as most who could have avoided what happened that night if he's had a brain in his head and had not been so damn violent. But hell no, you're not going to follow him in an effort to see if, IN A GATED COMMUNITY, he was supposed to be there, where was he going, WAS he in fact living in the community?? But he was stupid, angry and violent and so he attacked Zimmerman, AND would have killed GZ had he been able to get the weapon from GZ. No doubt in my mind of that.
Aidger August 11, 2012 at 01:51 AM
I don't understand how he was sentenced to 28 1/2 to Life when he was only convicted of Manslaughter? Officer Johannes Mehserle shot Oscar Grant in the back while he laid on the ground, his manslaughter conviction only got him 2 years. Could someone explain this for me?


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