NYPD officer Brendan Cronin pleads guilty in off-duty Pelham shooting

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Original air date of video: April 29, 2014

NEW YORK — An off-duty NYPD officer pleaded guilty in Westchester County Court Tuesday after opening fire on two men at a Pelham traffic light in 2014.

Judge Barry Warhit accepted Brendan Cronin’s plea deal on two felony counts of attempted murder and two felony counts of first degree assault, punishable by nine years in prison; as well as one count of misdemeanor DWI, which carries a one-year penalty.  The sentences will be served concurrently.

Cronin’s sentencing has been scheduled for December 2.

Cronin was arrested on April 29, 2014 on an assault charge after shooting a man six times at a stoplight.

Without provocation, Officer Brendan Cronin fired his weapon at least 13 times, injuring the 47-year-old man.  The other passenger wasn’t hit, and drove the victim to the hospital.

The man was shot in the torso, arm and hands and required extensive surgery, including the reconstruction of one hand.

Police say Cronin was pulled over while driving with his hazard lights on. He says the 27-year-old Yonkers resident refused to take a Breathalyzer test.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.