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Man convicted of killing 2 New York City police officers in 2003 gets death penalty

A New York City jury has decided that a man convicted of killing two police officers should get the death penalty.

The decision was reached Wednesday in the penalty phase of Ronell Wilson's trial.

Wilson was charged with shooting the victims during a botched illegal gun sting.

A jury convicted him in 2006, then sentenced him to death in early 2007. But an appeals court overturned the sentence.

Prosecutors opted to seek the death penalty from a new jury.

Prosecutors argued that Wilson was a cold-blooded killer who deserved death. His lawyers portrayed him as the product of a troubled background.

In February authorities revealed Wilson fathered a child with a jail guard while awaiting the proceedings. She's since pleaded guilty to an illegal sex act.

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