'I hope you never feel safe': Man who shot Yonkers officer sentenced

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"Valencia, my name is Kayla Maher. And I'm the cop you shot in the face."

Maher, a Yonkers police detective, had sharp words for 19-year-old Frank Valencia, of New Rochelle, at his sentencing inside the Westchester County Courthouse.

Valencia was in the back seat of a car on Marshall Road in Yonkers on Sept. 25, 2017, with Jerry Reyes asleep in the front seat, according to court documents, when a resident called the police about a suspicious parked car. Maher and her partner responded to the call and after they ordered Reyes out of the car, Valencia opened fire, hitting Maher in the face. A shootout ensued, and Valencia was taken into custody after being wounded. Maher was treated at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx and released from the hospital the next day.

"There is no room I enter or person I encounter without sizing them up. There is no sudden bang that doesn't make me jump," she said in court.

State Supreme Court Justice Barry Warhit sentenced Frank Valencia to 24 years to life in prison for the shooting. Valencia, who was 18 at the time of the shooting, pleaded guilty before Warhit in December to two counts of attempted aggravated murder of a police officer and one of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

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Valencia apologized in court today saying, “Thank God no one was seriously injured.”

Now a detective, Maher wasn’t buying the apology. "I hope the next 24 years make you feel as uneasy as you've made me feel for the last year and a half. I hope you never feel safe."

The judge also issued an order of protection against Valencia for Officer Kayla Maher, telling him not to have any contact with her whatsoever.

News 12 was told that she recently returned to work.

The other man in the car with Valencia the night of the shooting, Jerry Reyes, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor weapons charge. He's expected to be sentenced in the near future.

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