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Man convicted of killing airport police officer is sentenced to life without chance of parole

January 15, 2010 | 11:12 am
A former aerospace engineer who killed a Los Angeles International Airport police officer during an April 2005 carjacking was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

William Sadowski, 51, was convicted in November of carjacking and first-degree murder in the death of Officer Thomas Scott.

Sadowski carjacked Scott’s patrol vehicle, dragging the 35-year-old officer for a quarter-mile before hitting a fire hydrant, killing Scott instantly.

Authorities believed Sadowski may have been plotting to drive a vehicle onto the airfield at LAX and into an airplane.

A Los Angeles Superior Court jury determined that Sadowski, a Venice transient, was sane when he killed Scott.  The verdict in the sanity phase of the trial came nine days after jurors found Sadowski guilty of first-degree murder.

Scott had served with the airport police department for four years. He is survived by his father, stepmother, and brother.

Marshall McClain, president of the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Assn., said he was relieved the ordeal was over.

“It’s been a long five years and we’re glad it’s finally come to closure,” McClain said. “We’re a tight community. [Scott] was one of those individuals that meet you once and felt like he knew you your whole life. He was that kinda guy.”

-- Gerrick D. Kennedy