Yesterday, a judge sentenced Robert Ellis, who was acquitted last month in the 2007 murder of police officer Russel Timoshenko, to 15 years for weapons possession. Timoshenko was fatally shot when he and his partner stopped Ellis and two other men in a stolen car; jury did find Ellis guilty of the lesser weapons charge, while another jury found his friend Dexter Bostic guilty of murder and a mistral was called for third suspect Lee Woods. Timoshenko's mother had asked the judge to impose a 45-year sentence, noting, "For me and my family, only the death penalty would be justice for Russel. Unfortunately for me, the death penalty is not an option.