NEW YORK — A man convicted of firing the shot that killed a policeman during a botched robbery was sentenced Thursday to 45 years to life in prison after the slain officer's loved ones described how he would never walk his four daughters down the aisle or meet his grandchildren.

Lamont Pride, 28, was convicted this month of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Officer Peter Figoski; he was acquitted of a more serious murder charge. But state Supreme Court Judge Alan Marrus sentenced him to the maximum time allowed under the law.

"I want to make it crystal clear," he said, "that it is my intention that the defendant serve this sentence and never get out of prison."

The courtroom was packed with Figoski's family and fellow officers, many of whom wept as the family spoke. The assembled also included relatives of other officers lost in the line of duty: the father and sister of Alain Schaberger, who was shoved to his death while answering a domestic violence call in 2011, and the mother of Russel Timoshenko, who was shot during a 2007 traffic stop.

"When our father died, a part of us died, too," said 15-year-old Corinne Figoski, who spoke through tears along with her three sisters.

"Our dad was our world, our everything," she said. "Nothing will ever be the same again. We lay in bed, in the dark, at night, thinking about all the ways things have changed."

Her sister, Caitlyn, 19, said they'll miss being walked down the aisle by him, "something every father and every daughter dream of."

"Our father will never see us grow into the strong, independent women he wanted us to be," she said.

Christine, 21 and Caroline, 17, spoke of horror of the night, when they saw their father bleeding on a hospital bed and prayed for his recovery.

Mary Ann Figoski, 79, described her son as full of life, always smiling and happy-go-lucky, a wonderful father who loved his daughters and looked forward to weddings and grandchildren.

"But now, that won't happen," she said. "And we who had loved him daily are left with so many what-ifs and broken hearts."

The judge thanked the slain officer's daughters for their impact statements.

"I speak as a father, not as a judge," he told Figoski's daughters. "Your father would be very proud of you today."

Pride said nothing to Figoski's loved ones and instead apologized to his own family and thanked his brothers for their support.

"As long as I got you in my corner to the end, we're gonna stand tall," he said.

Brooklyn prosecutors said Pride and four others plotted to rob a small-time drug dealer on Dec. 12, 2011. A second suspect, Michael Velez, accused of driving the getaway car, was acquitted of all charges.

Pride did not deny that he fired a shot from a semi-automatic pistol that killed Figoski, who was responding to the scene. But he claimed he didn't mean to do it – the gun just went off when he fell. Assistant District Attorney Kenneth Taub had sought to show that Pride intentionally fired at the officer because he was cornered at the only exit and had no other way out. Jurors, after deliberating about 10 hours, found him not guilty of intentionally killing the 22-year veteran officer.

The prosecution's star witness was one of the suspects, Ariel Tejada, who testified that Velez knew what was happening and wanted in on the crime. But he didn't say whether he saw Pride fire.

The men broke into a shabby basement apartment in a building that belonged to the uncle of suspected mastermind Nelson Morales. But the uncle didn't know what was happening and called 911 when he heard a commotion downstairs. Officers arrived and surprised the robbers, who pretended to be victims until they were later arrested, prosecutors said. Morales and a fourth suspect, Kevin Santos, are awaiting trial.

Figoski, 45, was posthumously promoted to detective.

Patrick Lynch, head of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, the department's largest union, applauded the sentence from the judge, saying it sent a clear message that killing an officer would not be tolerated in New York City.

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  • BABYLON, NY - DECEMBER 19: Paulette Figoski (L) the ex-wife of murdered NYPD officer Peter Figoski grieves alongside his mother as his casket is brought out during the funeral at St. Joseph's Church on December 19, 2011 in Babylon, New York. Figoski, a 22-year NYPD veteran at the 75th Precinct in East New York, was the father of four daughters and lived in West Babylon. Career criminal Lamont Pride has been charged in the killing of Figoski while he was responding to a robbery. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • BABYLON, NY - DECEMBER 19: Thousands of police officers from around the state attend the funeral of New York City Police officer Peter Figoski, who was killed last week while responding to a robbery, at St. Joseph's Church on December 19, 2011 in Babylon, New York. Figoski, a 22-year NYPD veteran at the 75th Precinct in East New York, was the father of four daughters and lived in West Babylon. Career criminal Lamont Pride has been charged in the killing of Figoski. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Funeral Held For Brooklyn Cop Shot During Home Invasion

    BABYLON, NY - DECEMBER 19: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg attends the funeral of New York City Police officer Peter Figoski, who was killed last week while responding to a robbery, at St. Joseph’s Church on December 19, 2011 in Babylon, New York. Figoski, a 22-year NYPD veteran at the 75th Precinct in East New York, was the father of four daughters and lived in West Babylon. Career criminal Lamont Pride has been charged in the killing of Figoski. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Funeral Held For Brooklyn Cop Shot During Home Invasion

    BABYLON, NY - DECEMBER 19: Thousands of police officers from around the state attend the funeral of New York City Police officer Peter Figoski, who was killed last week while responding to a robbery, at St. Joseph’s Church on December 19, 2011 in Babylon, New York. Figoski, a 22-year NYPD veteran at the 75th Precinct in East New York, was the father of four daughters and lived in West Babylon. Career criminal Lamont Pride has been charged in the killing of Figoski. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Funeral Held For Brooklyn Cop Shot During Home Invasion

    BABYLON, NY - DECEMBER 19: Thousands of police officers, family and local politicians attend the funeral of New York City Police officer Peter Figoski, who was killed last week while responding to a robbery, at St. Joseph’s Church on December 19, 2011 in Babylon, New York. Figoski, a 22-year NYPD veteran at the 75th Precinct in East New York, was the father of four daughters and lived in West Babylon. Career criminal Lamont Pride has been charged in the killing of Figoski. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Funeral Held For Brooklyn Cop Shot During Home Invasion

    BABYLON, NY - DECEMBER 19: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, reflected in a window, attends the funeral of NYPD officer Peter Figoski, who was killed last week while responding to a robbery, at St. Joseph’s Church on December 19, 2011 in Babylon, New York. Figoski, a 22-year NYPD veteran at the 75th Precinct in East New York, was the father of four daughters and lived in West Babylon. Career criminal Lamont Pride has been charged in the killing of Figoski. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Funeral Held For Brooklyn Cop Shot During Home Invasion

    BABYLON, NY - DECEMBER 19: Thousands of police officers from around the state attend the funeral of New York City Police officer Peter Figoski, who was killed last week while responding to a robbery, at St. Joseph’s Church on December 19, 2011 in Babylon, New York. Figoski, a 22-year NYPD veteran at the 75th Precinct in East New York, was the father of four daughters and lived in West Babylon. Career criminal Lamont Pride has been charged in the killing of Figoski. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Funeral Held For Brooklyn Cop Shot During Home Invasion

    BABYLON, NY - DECEMBER 19: Paulette Figoski (L) the ex-wife of murdered NYPD officer Peter Figoski grieves alongside his mother as his casket is brought out during the funeral at St. Joseph’s Church on December 19, 2011 in Babylon, New York. Figoski, a 22-year NYPD veteran at the 75th Precinct in East New York, was the father of four daughters and lived in West Babylon. Career criminal Lamont Pride has been charged in the killing of Figoski while he was responding to a robbery. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Funeral Held For Brooklyn Cop Shot During Home Invasion

    BABYLON, NY - DECEMBER 19: Mourners follow the flag-draped casket of NYPD officer Peter Figoski, who was killed last week while responding to a robbery, as its brought out following his funeral at St. Joseph’s Church on December 19, 2011 in Babylon, New York. Figoski, a 22-year NYPD veteran at the 75th Precinct in East New York was the father of four daughters and lived in West Babylon, NY. Career criminal Lamont Pride has been charged in the killing of Figoski. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Funeral Held For Brooklyn Cop Shot During Home Invasion

    BABYLON, NY - DECEMBER 19: The casket of NYPD officer Peter Figoski, who was killed last week while responding to a robbery, is brought out following his funeral at St. Joseph’s Church on December 19, 2011 in Babylon, New York. Figoski, a 22-year NYPD veteran at the 75th Precinct in East New York was the father of four daughters and lived in West Babylon, NY. Career criminal Lamont Pride has been charged in the killing of Figoski. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • BABYLON, NY - DECEMBER 19: Thousands of police officers from around the state attend the funeral of New York City Police officer Peter Figoski, who was killed last week while responding to a robbery, at St. Joseph's Church on December 19, 2011 in Babylon, New York. Figoski, a 22-year NYPD veteran at the 75th Precinct in East New York, was the father of four daughters and lived in West Babylon. Career criminal Lamont Pride has been charged in the killing of Figoski. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • BABYLON, NY - DECEMBER 19: Police officers from around the area attend the funeral of NYPD officer Peter Figoski, who was killed last week while responding to a robbery, at St. Joseph's Church on December 19, 2011 in Babylon, New York. Figoski, a 22-year NYPD veteran at the 75th Precinct in East New York, was the father of four daughters and lived in West Babylon. Career criminal Lamont Pride has been charged in the killing of Figoski. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • BABYLON, NY - DECEMBER 19: Thousands of police officers, family and local politicians attend the funeral of New York City Police officer Peter Figoski, who was killed last week while responding to a robbery, at St. Joseph's Church on December 19, 2011 in Babylon, New York. Figoski, a 22-year NYPD veteran at the 75th Precinct in East New York, was the father of four daughters and lived in West Babylon. Career criminal Lamont Pride has been charged in the killing of Figoski. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • Police officers fill the the streets and an elevated Long Island Railroad station as the funeral procession for New York Police Department Officer Peter Figoski passes by in Babylon, N.Y., Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. Thousands of officers from police departments around New York state gathered Monday to remember Figoski, who was shot to death during a botched robbery in Brooklyn on Dec. 12. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • - CORRECTS DATE FIGOSKI WAS SHOT FROM DEC. 15 TO DEC. 12 - Police officers stand at attention as the casket of New York Police Department Officer Peter Figorski is carried into a church in Babylon, N.Y., Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. Figorski was shot to death when responding to a botched robbery in Brooklyn on Dec. 12. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • CAPTION CORRECTION, CORRECTS DATE FIGOSKI WAS SHOT FROM DEC. 15 TO DEC. 12 - A casket containing the body of New York Police Department Officer Peter Figoski is carried out of a church during his funeral in Babylon, N.Y., Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. Figorski was shot to death when responding to a botched robbery in Brooklyn on Dec. 12. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • CAPTION CORRECTION, CORRECTS DATE FIGOSKI WAS SHOT FROM DEC. 15 TO DEC. 12 - A casket containing the body of New Police Department Officer Peter Figoski is carried out of a church during his funeral in Babylon, N.Y., Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. Figorski was shot to death when responding to a botched robbery in Brooklyn on Dec. 12. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • - CORRECTS DATE FIGOSKI WAS SHOT FROM DEC. 15 TO DEC. 12 - Police officers fill the the streets and an elevated Long Island Railroad station as the funeral procession for New York Police Department Officer Peter Figoski passes by in Babylon, N.Y., Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. Thousands of officers from police departments around New York state gathered Monday to remember Figoski, who was shot to death during a botched robbery in Brooklyn on Dec. 12. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • A police officer embraces a woman as other officers line up for Officer Peter Figoski's funeral in Babylon, N.Y., Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. Thousands of officers from police departments around New York state gathered Monday to remember Figoski, who was shot to death during a botched robbery in Brooklyn on Dec. 12. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Police officers line up for Officer Peter Figoski's funeral in Babylon, N.Y., Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. Thousands of officers from police departments around New York state gathered Monday to remember Figoski, who was shot to death during a botched robbery in Brooklyn on Dec. 12. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Paulette Figoski

    Paulette Figoski, the ex-wife of New York City Police Officer Peter Figoski, center, is escorted from the Claude R. Boyd-Spencer Funeral after the wake of Figoski on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in Babylon, N.Y. Figoski was shot and killed during a botched armed robbery in Brooklyn, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

  • A New York City Police Officer stands guard, right, as officers leave the wake of New York City Police Officer Peter Figoski at the Claude R. Boyd-Spencer Funeral Home on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in Babylon, N.Y. Figoski was shot and killed during a botched armed robbery in Brooklyn, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

  • Two New York City Police Officers stand guard as another officer enters the Claude R. Boyd-Spencer Funeral Home for the wake of New York City Police Officer Peter Figoski on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in Babylon, N.Y. Figoski was shot and killed during a botched armed robbery in Brooklyn, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

  • New York City Police Officers and othe mourners line up outside the Claude R. Boyd-Spencer Funeral Home to enter the wake for New York City Police Officer Peter Figoski on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in Babylon, N.Y. Figoski was shot and killed during a botched armed robbery in Brooklyn, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

  • New York City Police Officers line up as the family of Officer Peter Figoski arrives for his wake at Claude R. Boyd-Spencer Funeral Home, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in Babylon, N.Y. Figoski was shot and killed during a botched armed robbery in Brooklyn, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

  • FILE - This undated file photo provided by the New York City Police Dept. shows Officer Peter Figoski, who was shot in the face and killed early Monday morning, Dec. 12, 2011, while responding to a report of a break-in at a Brooklyn apartment. Hundreds of people have paid tribute to the slain New York City police officer at his wake on Long Island Saturday. (AP Photo/NYPD, File)