Ronell Wilson is locked up in a Texas high-security prison.
Convicted cop-killer Ronell Wilson will live the rest of his days in a federal prison, after prosecutors said Monday they would not be challenging a court ruling blocking Wilson’s death sentence.
Brooklyn federal prosecutors were planning an appeal of Judge Nicholas Garaufis’s decision last year that Wilson couldn’t be executed because he was intellectually disabled in the eyes of the law.
But on Monday, Acting Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Bridget Rohde said her office was dropping the challenge “after further consideration of all the pertinent legal issues.”
Wilson was no less guilty of his "cold-blooded execution" because of the dropped appeal, she said, extending her "deepest sympathies" to the detectives’ families and police mourning their loss.
In 2006, jurors convicted Wilson, 35, for the point blank-murders of undercover detectives Rodney Andrews and James Nemorin three years earlier in a Staten Island gun-buying sting gone wrong.
During the original trial, jurors concluded Wilson deserved capital punishment. An appellate court kept the conviction intact, but overturned the imposition of a death sentence, pointing to prosecutorial error.
Wilson is being held at a high-security prison in Beaumont, Tex., according to the Bureau of Prisons. When he was being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center, Wilson impregnated a corrections officer who had his illegitimate son.
The government tried again to make Wilson face the death penalty. Ahead of the retrial, Wilson argued he was intellectually disabled, but Garaufis rejected the claim.
Detectives Rodney Andrews and James Nemorin were murdered while conducting undercover gun buy in 2003.
In 2013, a second jury said Wilson should be executed.
Three years later, Garaufis lifted the death sentence, saying Wilson met the standards of intellectual handicap under new Supreme Court case law.
Prosecutors were appealing Garaufis’ decision, until Monday.
Rohde said her office was still right to push twice for capital punishment — and that two juries agreed that was the just punishment.
Michael Palladino, president of the Detectives’ Endowment Association, said he was "disappointed because the U.S. Attorney’s office did a magnificent job proving that Wilson deserved the death penalty in two separate trials. But convincing the court that he has any intellect seems an insurmountable task."
A lawyer for Wilson could not be reached for comment.
The last federal execution in New York happened over 60 years ago, when Gerhard Puff was put to death for killing an FBI agent.