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Convicted LAX police killer declared sane

Convicted LAX police killer, William Sadowski, was ruled sane by a Los Angeles jury meaning he can face life in prison.

November 25, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
A Los Angeles jury ruled Wednesday that the man who killed a Los Angeles International airport policeman during a carjacking is sane and can face life in prison.William Sadowski, 51, has bipolar disorder.

Wednesday's ruling means that when he is sentenced in January, Sadowski will not be sent to a state mental hospital. He now faces a maximum of life in prison without parole.

He was convicted earlier this month of first-degree murder and carjacking for the 2005 death of LAX police officer Tommy Scott. Prosecutors say it all began when Sadowski carjacked a patrol car near the airport. Officer Scott held on and was decapitated when the car hit a fire hydrant.

Sadowski had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.