Myspace: NYPD Sonia Garcia, Badge #30486
Cop gets 10 years in Bay Shore fiancee's slaying
Victim Sonia Garcia, 27, was also with NYPD
BY ERIK GERMAN firstname.lastname@example.org
12:05 PM EST, February 25, 2009
A New York City police academy instructor was sentenced in Riverhead Wednesday to 10 years in prison for fatally shooting his fiancee.
Alexis Chaparro, 28, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter, a crime that carries a maximum prison term of 25 years.
Chaparro had initially been charged with second-degree murder after police found Sonia Garcia, 27, also a New York Police Department officer, shot to death in the bedroom of the couple's Bay Shore home last year.
Prosecutors said Chaparro shot his fiancee, Sonia Garcia, 28, a mother of two girls from a previous relationship and a four-year veteran of the New York Police Department, in the chest on Sept. 29, 2007. He then called 911 and told police that he had heard a shot and found her dead.
"She's shot, she's bleeding. Oh my God! Jesus!" said Chaparro on a 911 tape played in court hearings earlier this year. "I'm trying to do CPR, I'm pumping her chest. . . Just get over here, please!"
When police questioned Chaparro, he first said he had not fired his service pistol, then said he did not remember firing it, a detective said in court during hearings in the case.
Police found only 15 rounds in Chaparro's Smith & Wesson service pistol, not the 16 rounds he insisted were there. Chaparro said he hadn't shot Garcia, while still saying he and Garcia were alone in the house, detectives said.
He was indicted nearly three months after the shooting.
Chaparro's lawyer William Keahon of Islandia has said that his client only remembers falling asleep the night his fiancee was shot and killed and that he had worried about burglars entering their home in the days leading up to her death.
Garcia's family has insisted that Chaparro was abusive and the likely killer.
[officer-involved domestic violence, oidv, new york, ny, nyc]