Crime & Justice

Man deemed sane in LAX police officer's murder

William Sadowski, 51, faces life in prison without the possibility of parole after a Los Angeles jury determined today he was sane when he carjacked and murdered a Los Angeles International Airport police officer in 2005. Sadowski was previously diagnosed with bipolar disease.

Sadowski was convicted Nov. 16 of the first-degree murder of officer Thomas Scott. Sadowski was walking along the airport perimeter and was stopped by Scott. Sadowski got combative and stole Scott's police car. Scott held on and was dragged until the car crashed, killing Scott. Scott was the first airport police officer killed in the line of duty.

Jurors deliberated less than day before returning the verdict that Sadowski was sane. The jury ruled that the murder was not premeditated.

Sadowski is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Lance Ito on Jan. 15.

This story incorporates information from KPCC Wire Services.