S. Orangetown M.S. gunman pleads guilty

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The gunman who stormed into the South Orangetown Middle School and held the superintendent hostage last June pleaded guilty Tuesday.

Under the plea deal, former NYPD officer Peter Cocker will spend five years in state prison. Cocker's attorney says the sentencing offer was fair.

Cocker was arrested June 9 after threatening a school security guard with a gun and taking Orangetown Schools Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Mitchell hostage. The superintendent eventually overpowered Cocker and disarmed him.

Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe says Cocker's mental health problems were taken into account when offering him a plea deal.

Cocker is expected to be sentenced Jan. 28.

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