In Summary
  • David Njuguna, 33, was sentenced after “an emotional” series of impact statements from victim's family.
  • Njuguna was convicted on four of six counts after a seven-day trial last month.
  • He slammed into Clardy's cruiser, which had been parked during a traffic stop. The prosecutors told the court that Njuguna had been speeding and was high on marijuana at the time of the accident.

PHILADELPHIA, PA

A Kenyan-born man has been handed a five- to seven-year prison term after he was convicted of killing Massachusetts policeman Thomas Clardy in March 2016.

Local media reports indicate that David Njuguna, 33, was sentenced after “an emotional” series of impact statements from Clardy’s wife, children, sister and mother.

The state trooper’s wife, Reisa Clardy, termed her husband’s death as “truly overwhelming” for the family.

“Because of a selfish and senseless act, his life was cut short,” Ms Clardy said of her husband, adding: “Our stability, our normalcy, our peace of mind, our strength is no longer here.”

In her sentencing, Judge Janet Kenton-Walker told Clardy’s family: “I cannot bring you comfort, I cannot bring you peace, I cannot take the day away, I cannot make it right.”

According to BostonHerald.com, the judge said her sentence offered “some retribution and some thoughts about rehabilitation”.

SEVERE

Colonel Christopher Mason, superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, said in a statement released after the ruling that a severe punishment would be more commensurate with the murder.

“First and foremost, we are painfully cognisant that no sentence can return Trooper Clardy to those who loved him and love him still. This loss can never be restored, and everyone who loved or worked with Tom would prefer that the law allow for a sentence much more commensurate with the taking of a life under these circumstances.”

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