Man sentenced in home invasion in which officer was shot, paralyzed

November 15, 2012

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh-area man has been sentenced to between 50 and 100 years in prison for a home invasion last year in which a police officer was shot and paralyzed.

Judge Edward J. Borkowski says 27-year-old Emilio Rivera of McKees Rocks is an “incorrigible person” who deserves the tough sentence that prosecutors sought.

Clairton police officer James Kuzak was shot and paralyzed during the crime, but a jury acquitted Rivera of the shooting charge. Rivera was found guilty of burglary, robbery, unlawful restraint and reckless endangerment. Kuzak is a former Peters Township police officer.

Police say Rivera and another man both confessed to the April 2011 shooting, but Rivera’s family says the sentence is unjust.



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