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Ex-cop gets 5 years for Rockland school invasion

Tuesday, January 26, 2010
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A former New York City policeman has been sentenced to five years in prison for holding a schools superintendent at gunpoint.

The Rockland County district attorney's office said Peter Cocker of Tappan was also barred from contacting the superintendent for 10 years. The sentencing was Tuesday.

The 37-year-old Cocker had pleaded guilty to second-degree kidnapping.

Last June, he stormed past a guard into a middle school in Blauvelt and threatened to shoot South Orangetown Superintendent Ken Mitchell. Mitchell disarmed him during a struggle.

Police said later the gun was not loaded.

Prosecutors said Cocker had a sick child and was upset over the schools' swine flu policy.

The defense said the Cocker suffered from post-traumatic stress suffered while on the NYPD.

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