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Convicted LAX police killer sentenced to life

January 15, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
The man convicted of murdering an LAX police officer in a carjacking incident was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of paroleRarely changing the expression on his face, convicted murder William Sadowski looked on as Tommy Scott's father and fellow officers told the court the impact of their loss.

"My life has not been the same since I lost him, but things happen sometimes to give us more strength," said the victim's father Hubert Scott.

"We look around for him sometimes when we need something done that's important to the future of the organization, temporarily forgetting that he's no longer physically with us," said Capt. LaPonda Fitchpatrick, Scott's co-worker.

Sadowski was convicted in 2009 of carjacking and killing LAX police officer Tommy Scott in April 2005. Scott tried to stop Sadowski, who sped up while Scott held onto the door of his patrol car. Scott was dragged for a quarter of a mile and decapitated when the vehicle slammed into a fire hydrant.

Sadowski blames his bipolar disorder for his actions.

"I don't remember Tommy hanging onto the car or fighting for the car. I mean at this point, I know this, but I don't remember any of that," said Sadowski. "It all seems to be a big fog, and I am truly sorry for that."

But Judge Lance Edo did not have mercy on Sadowski, saying that this trial was one of the most tragic cases he's ever dealt with, describing the crime scene photos as horrific for the court to view.

After the sentencing, Scott's parents expressed their relief to finally have closure in this case.

"It'll be good to just kind of get away and relax and put this way in the back of our minds," said the victim's mother, JoAnn Scott.

Edo said that Sadowski will need psychiatric care. It is not known where Sadowski will serve his life sentence.