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The Brooklyn man convicted of killing a 62-year-old Holbrook woman while fleeing the scene of a theft from a Riverhead outlet store in June 2011 was sentenced yesterday to the maximum seven and one-third to 22 years in state prison.

Cordell Tucker, 26, of Brooklyn was convicted by a jury in May of second-degree manslaughter, second-degree assault, third-degree grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, reckless endangerment and several traffic violations.

Tucker stole $5,000 worth of Jeans from the True Religion Store at Tanger Outlets in Riverhead on June 27, 2011 and fled the scene in a Lincoln Town Car.

Riverhead Police put out a bulletin with a description of the car, which was later spotted by Suffolk County Sheriff deputies westbound on the LIE that afternoon. A pursuit took place, with the Lincoln exceeding speeds of 100 mph, according to prosecutors. It eventually ran a red light and plowed broadside into another car on the Sunrise Highway service road in Bohemia, Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota said.

That car was occupied by a Holbrook couple. Gail Sacher, who had to be extricated from the vehicle, succumbed to her injuries at Southside Hospital two hours later, police said. Her husband, Alan, 61, was critically injured but survived.

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