Man sentenced to 25 years in prison for shooting Ithaca police officer Anthony Augustine
By Jim Kenyon
Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:48:42 GMT — Jamel Booker left the Tompkins County Courthouse with a smile on his face Friday as he was led off to serve 25 years in prison for shooting Ithaca police officer Anthony Augustine.Judge Judith Rossiter sentenced Booker to the maximum of 25 years for criminal use of a weapon, which will run concurrently with six other charges including the aggravated assault of a police officer.Booker could have received 30 years in prison on the assault charge, but Judge Rossiter imposed 20 years.In October of 2012, Booker shot Ithaca Police Officer Anthony Augustine during a foot chase involving a stolen vehicle.Augustine, who survived the gunshot wound to his chest, told reporters that, "I think [the sentence] was okay. We always want to see the max. I would like to see the max, but I think it was okay.""In my mind, there??s no if ands or buts about it. He would have liked to see me dead," he added.During the sentencing, Booker looked at Augustine and said he didn??t know what it??s like to grow up in Brooklyn, implying he led a rough life. Augustine called that a "cop out."When told that Booker was smiling as he was led away to prison, Augustine said, "His smiling is disgusting. It??s disturbing. It shows his lack of empathy for life."The courtroom was packed with police officers from across Tompkins County and a group from the Syracuse Police Department.On April 22, the jury convicted Booker of seven charges but could not reach a verdict on the top charge of attempted murder of a police officer. Tompkins County District Attorney Gwen Wilkinson has not yet decided to retry Booker on that charge.Augustine said he would have no comment on whether she should.
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