The man who sparked a friendly-fire NYPD shooting that killed a Queens detective pleaded guilty to manslaughter Wednesday as part of a deal with prosecutors that will likely put him away for 33 years.
Standing sheepishly in a rumpled dark grey suit in a courtroom fielded with detectives uniformed officers, Christopher Ransom, 30, quietly admitted to causing the Feb 12, 2019, death of Detective Brian Simonsen.
He’s expected to serve 33 years in prison when he is sentenced next month: 20 for aggravated manslaughter and 13 for robbery, prosecutors said.
The expected sentence is part of a plea arrangement between Queens prosecutors and Ransom’s attorneys at the Legal Aid Society.
“The defendant set in motion a terrible chain of events that began with a robbery and ended in a spray of bullets when Ransom pointed what appeared to be a deadly firearm toward police officers,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said in a statement. “(He) was repeatedly told to lower his weapon, but did not do so. The heartbreaking result was the loss of Detective Simonsen’s life and Sergeant Matthew Gorman being shot in the leg.”
Katz said she hopes the conviction brings Simonsen’s family “a measure of closure.”
“The acts of Christopher Ransom caused the death of Detective Brian Simonsen,” Paul DiGiacomo, the president of the Detectives Endowment Association said outside court. “We lost a dedicated, hero detective. It’s something we all will have to live with for the rest of our lives.”
Ransom and his accomplice, Jagger Freeman, 27, were allegedly holding up a T-Mobile store on 120th St. near Atlantic Ave. in Richmond Hill with a fake gun when cops investigating a spree of cell phone store robberies surrounded the location.