Teen gets 19 years for mattress fire that killed policeman

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Posted: Jun 14, 2016 5:10 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A teenager convicted of setting a mattress fire that killed a New York City police officer and injured another officer has been sentenced to 19 years in prison.

Eighteen-year-old Marcell Dockery was sentenced Tuesday in Brooklyn. He was convicted of arson and assault charges in May.

New York Police Department officers Dennis Guerra (GEHR'-uh) and Rosa Rodriguez were trapped in the April 6, 2014, fire and were overcome by smoke in the Brooklyn apartment building.

Guerra died three days later. Rodriguez spent six weeks hospitalized.

Dockery testified in his own defense. He said he discovered the fire and tried to save other residents.

Jurors had said in the verdict note they hoped leniency could be shown.