WHITE PLAINS, New York — A former New York Police Department officer pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges he randomly fired 14 shots into another car after downing 10 alcoholic beverages while off-duty.
Brendan Cronin, 28, pleaded guilty in Westchester County to attempted murder, assault and drunken driving in the April 29, 2014, shooting.
Prosecutors said Joseph Felice and Robert Borrelli were stopped at a red light in Pelham when Cronin started firing at them.
Felice was hit six times in the back, shoulder, arm and chest. The bullets missed Borrelli, who drove his friend to the hospital.
According to court documents, the 28-year-old Cronin told police he'd had 10 drinks of beer and whiskey before the shooting. He and fellow officers had gone out drinking after a day of training at a police shooting range.
The Yonkers resident is expected to be sentenced to nine years in state prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 29.
Felice and Borrelli have filed lawsuits against Cronin, New York City, the NYPD and the officers Cronin was drinking with.
Randolph McLaughlin, an attorney representing Felice and Borrelli, said they are relieved by Cronin's guilty plea and "look forward to the truth coming out in the course of the civil case."
Felice told The Journal News in an interview Monday that his life has been ruined by the shooting.
He said he can't lift his 5-year-old son and must rely on his wife to drive him to his job as a salesman.