Goshen judge throws book at cop shooter

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A man who shot a Middletown officer responding to a domestic dispute received the maximum sentence Monday: 40 years behind bars.

A Goshen judge called Raymond Zayas a "threat to society." Zayas was convicted in April of assault and weapons charges for shooting Officer Christopher Dolan and two other Middletown officers last summer through the door of his home.

Zayas was acquitted of attempted murder charges in the incident.

Dolan, his relatives, fellow cops and Middletown Police Chief Matthew Byrne packed the courtroom in a show of support. They said justice was served.

"It feels good to have that much support from my fellow officers," said Dolan, who's fully recovered from his injuries and back on the job. Dolan also said he believed the 40-year sentence was fair.

According to Dolan, Zayas' wife told him she was, "Sorry for all this," outside of the courtroom.

At the time of the shooting, Zayas was on probation for a previous felony conviction. He's due back in court later this month to deal with that violation.

For Dolan's full remarks after the sentencing, go to Channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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