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Teen who shot NYPD officer Kayla Maher in the face was let off by lenient judge days prior to attempted cop killing


The female Yonkers officer who was shot in the face during an ambush on Monday is back on the streets- no thanks to the judge who originally sentenced her assailant in an earlier crime.

26-year-old Kayla Maher left a local hospital yesterday evening, surrounded by cheering colleagues who were tracking her progress after she sustained a gunshot wound to the face.

Fatigued, a little swollen and bearing a thousand-yard-stare, Maher rode away from the facility with a white bandage on her chin, expected to make a miraculous recovery.

“She is gutsy and you can see it, and she is certainly what we have come to expect from our department,” said Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano.

Unfortunately, she isn’t the only one who got lucky. Her assailant -18-year-old Frank Valencia- was let free by a lenient judge on September 20th, just 5 days before the attempted murder of Maher, despite being caught earlier in the year with a so-called “cache” of weapons in the weapons-restrictive state.

According to the New York Post, Valencia was previously caught with a semi-automatic handgun and about six boxes’ worth of ammunition- receiving only probation as a “youthful offender,” not something everyone was okay with.

“We objected to the plea being offered, because we would never have offered a non-jail deal in this case,” said Bronx DA spokesperson Patrice O’Shaughnessy.

Valencia was armed with a Glock pistol on Monday when the ambush- opening fire at point-blank range when officers approached.

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