“Today a jury found Darrell Fuller guilty in the murders of Nassau County Police Officer Arthur Lopez and Brooklyn resident Raymond Facey. One can only wonder how a violent felony offender like this, a parolee, could have been on our streets as his rap sheet includes a conviction for attempted murder in 2004 and an arrest for selling crack cocaine on the streets of Nassau County in 2010. The laws of New York State must change if we are to keep our residents and police officers, like Arthur Lopez, safe.
Again, I urge State officials to immediately end parole for violent offenders who break their parole, call upon the State Parole Board to enforce the longest maximum sentence under the law for violent offenders after the first conviction, and reinstate the death sentence for those that kill police officers.
I thank the members of the jury for delivering justice today and extend my deepest sympathies to the Lopez and Facey families as they relive this terrible tragedy.”