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Teen faces felony murder indictment related to the death of NYPD officer following fire

NEW YORK - A teen could spend the rest of his life in prison for allegedly setting a fire that resulted in the death of NYPD Officer Dennis Guerra. If convicted, Marcell Dockery, 16, faces a maximum sentence of 25 years-to-life in prison.

According to media reports Dockery told police set the fire because he felt “bored”. 
 
“The senseless act of setting that fire tragically led to the death of NYPD Officer Dennis Guerra,” said Kings County District Attorney Kenneth Thompson. “His partner Officer Rosa Rodriguez suffered critical injuries. Both dedicated and courageous officers did not hesitate to risk their lives to save others. We will bring the Defendant to justice for these terrible and horrific crimes.”

Dockery is charged in an indictment with a top count of felony murder - causing a death of a person in the course of committing the crime of Arson.  According to court documents, Dockery set a mattress on fire on the 13th floor in the hallway of a high-rise building creating a smoke-filled environment. Officers Guerra and Rodriguez, acting as first responders, were both overcome by smoke.