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Fiance of Slain NYPD Officer Asks 'If Police Are Not Safe, Who Is?'

The fiancé of slain NYPD officer Alain Schaberger shares her thoughts on a jury’s verdict to acquit the man responsible for Schaberger’s death of murder, and convict him of aggravated manslaughter.

A Brooklyn jury acquitted the man who pushed New York City Police Officer and Cortlandt resident Alain Schaberger over a railing of murder, but on the charge of aggravated manslaughter last week. Schaberger was attempting to handcuff George Villanueva following a domestic violence call when Villanueva .

Schaberger’s fiancé, Shoshone Peguese, has asked Patch to publish her thoughts on the verdict, the man who killed her fiancé and the criminal justice system in the United States. Read her words below:

As I watched the verdict being played out in the courtroom my mind went numb. I flashed back to that horrible day of March 13, 2011 when I walked into the room in Lutheran hospital to see Alain’s Broken, lifeless body lying there. No matter how difficult or painful I had to see him one last time. Alain was my heart, my soul and my best friend. The man who had unselfishly given so much of himself to family, friends, and his job and in the end his reward was death. Life is a strange thing and people can be selfish and cruel. This day I came to know this first hand.

Mr. Villanueva in his arrogance as he displayed in the courtroom and history of abusive behavior, one day will have to answer to a higher authority than judge or jury. This is what gives me solace.  I believe his punishment will be far greater and severe than what will be bestowed upon him here now on earth.

I could not bring myself to be in the same room with a person who was responsible for the death of the person I loved. My mother was there on my behalf. She is a strong and proud woman and loved and admired Alain like her own son and vowed she would be present there.

 One thing that I am thankful for is to have Alain with me during the final days of his life. He often shared the most intimate details of his feelings and his job as a New York City cop with me. Alain often expressed that he would give so much of himself to others and never got the same treatment in return. This is something that really bothered him. He was nice, quiet, and easy going. He was a really good person and very dedicated.

While everyone has gotten on with their lives, Alain’s memories are still here with me and my son in the mountains of the beautiful and peaceful Cortlandt Manor. I can sometimes look at the white wicker chair on the porch and see Alain sitting there smiling at me. He has gone on to an even better place. I live everyday knowing that his heart was and still is here with us.

Personally I feel that the criminal system is a failure. It allows criminals and repeat offenders to run amuck in our society. The end results are tragedies just like the ones we see here. If a police officer is not safe in our city then who is? Please tell me? They buried Alain and later on that day they buried another officer Geoffrey Breikoff. No matter under what circumstances they died I think both where senseless deaths and did not have to happen. In my heart I cannot only blame Mr. Villanueva for Alain's death Sad to say. The system is simply is terribly flawed. This is what I strongly feel and will never think otherwise.

Shoshone Peguese

Fiancée of Slain Police Officer Alain Schaberger

Janet G May 11, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I am truly and deeply sorry for your loss! I ask the same question daily. " If the Police are not safe, who is" . Nothing I can say will ease your pain or fill that empty "void" but do know that I agree with all that you said. The CJ system is indeed flawed and I have to always wonder what role POLIITICS played in it. To this very day I still think of Maureen Faulkner, widow of Police Officer Danny Faulkner who was murdered on December 9, 1981. Mumia Abu-Jamal murdered Officer Faulkner in cold blood and was orginally sentenced to death but that sentence of Death had been over turned on a technicality by some judge. Where is the JUSTICE?? Mrs. Faulkner has vowed to spend the rest of her life making sure that NO ONE makes life easy for her husband's murderer. Mrs. Faulkner said the following on December 7, 2011 "After enduring thirty years of emotional and physical hell, as I’ve suffered through the appeals process, I am now convinced that when a death sentence is at issue, the judges, the federal district courts and third circuit court of appeals simply do as they want, not as the law dictate" You and Mrs. Faulkner and so many others share much in common. You lost your loved ones at the hand of a murderer. Justice MUST be propertly dispensed. May God Bless you and you son!
Chahta McDonald May 11, 2012 at 08:45 PM
I am the nephew of Shoshone Peguese. When i first heard this I just couldn't believe this. Shoshone loved her soon to be husband Alain that's really all she spoke about . Knowing Alain for the short time that I did he was Quiet ,Kind to others and always giving. It's sad that in this society we have to go through things like this. When will the Justice System be about Justice? . Shoshone and her family are strong people and Choose to live life with Alains spirit and keeping his story and name alive. I can say this situation in our family has made us stronger and closer . I will continue to help my Aunt heal from the pain and lift her spirit. I pray that no one else has to go through something like this .
Bri Johnson May 12, 2012 at 02:09 PM
When I heard that Villanueva was acquitted I was completely surprised. How could that happen? I believe that the laws that were supposed to help the people of this country have become shelters for lawbreakers. Where is the justice, indeed? I am utterly disappointed at how th CJ system failed to obtain justice for the loss of such a noble man. Shoshone, I am sorry for your loss. Praying for you...
Karen West May 13, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Shoshone is my best friend from public school! It is a shame that the jury acquitted Mr. Villanueva in the murder of Police Officer Alain Schaberger! He gave his life for the sake of others. Alain is probably turning over in his grave about this ludicrous decision. Shoshone you couldn't have said it any better "Mr. Villanueva's punishment will be far greater"! On that real judgement day you Mr. Villanueva you WILL NOT be aquitted! Shoshone I love you and am praying for you and your family! Karen West

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