ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Tyquan Rivera, the man who was convicted as a teenager of shooting a Rochester police officer, was sentenced on a separate charge Tuesday.
Last month, Rivera pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a substance in the third degree in connection to a 2019 incident.
As part of the plea deal, Rivera was sentenced to prison for 15 years. Additionally, he also agreed to pay restitution in the amount of $840 and serve three years of post-release supervision.
Rivera was initially charged with six counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, five counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, and one count of conspiracy in the fourth degree for allegedly selling Fentanyl to undercover officers on multiple occasions.
Rivera was 14 years old when he shot Officer Anthony DiPonzio in the back of the head on Dayton Street in 2009. Rivera was denied parole three times before being released in 2016 after serving two-thirds of his maximum sentence.
Prosecutors say Rivera’s past conviction did have an impact on the plea deal and subsequent sentencing.
“In this case, Rivera’s sentence was impacted by previous conviction,” said Assistant District Attorney Matthew Schwartz. “I don’t mean to give the impression that he was being punished for his previous conviction. We we’re not treating him differently because of the fact that he did have a violent felony conviction, and that caused restriction as to what the legal sentences were.”
“I want to thank the New York State Police and the Rochester Police Department for their investigation that led to the arrest of and ultimate plea by Tyquan Rivera,” said Assistant District Attorney Matthew Schwartz. “Our community is safer with Tyquan Rivera in the New York State Department of Corrections, instead of promoting deadly narcotics. It is the hope of the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office that Mr. Rivera will spend the next 15 years reflecting on his actions that led to this point.”
“Tyquan Rivera has proved time and time again that he has no interest in being a law-abiding citizen,” said Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley. “The Monroe County District Attorney’s Office is relieved that he will spend the next 15 years in the New York State Department of Corrections, rather than continuing to promote illegal narcotics and violence in our community.”
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