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Robbers Who Shot Wayne Cop Each Get 170 Years

Nelson Otero and Maxcine Cagan sentenced for shooting Officer Brian Wordell and robbing several gas stations and convenience stores at gunpoint in 2010.

The two men who shot a Wayne police officer during a Route 23 gas station robbery in 2010 were each sentenced Monday to more than 170 years in prison, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced on Monday.

U.S. District Judge Stanley Chesler in Newark Federal Court sentenced Nelson Otero, 48, of Fort Lee, to 174 years and Maxcine Cagan, 48, of Floral Park, to 172 years.

The men on May 10, 2010 at the Exxon station on Route 23 North. The officer was responding to a robbery at the station.

“The entire Wayne Police Department is very happy that the individuals who are responsible for the robberies and the shooting of [Worell] have been sentenced to very long terms in prison,” Chief John Reardon said in a statement."We hope that these sentences will give Officer Worell some peace of mind and closure for the events of that night. I would like to thank all who participated in the investigation, arrest and trial for their tireless efforts in bringing these very dangerous individuals to justice and putting an end to their numerous crimes.”

Both men were convicted in April of all 15 counts charged against them.

The men  in Bergen, Burlington, Mercer, Middlesex, Passaic and Union counties between March and May 2010, robbing at least seven businesses at gunpoint.

Otero and Cagan herded employees and customers into an office before Worrell confronted them. A bullet grazed Worell’s ear, leaving a 4-inch gash. Worell testified against the men at the trial.

The men also robbed a Shell gas station and 7-Eleven at gunpoint on April 5, 2010. They robbed the store of its proceeds and ordered victims to the back of the store and stole their personal belongings.

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RCRC1 September 10, 2012 at 09:48 PM
amen
George Urgolo September 11, 2012 at 11:08 AM
My prayers were answered
Justaguy September 12, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Funny how so many clowns had so much to say against the police every time there was a burglary. As if the police are responsible every time there is a crime. Now, no one has anything to say about this story? Apparently his getting shot protecting you is not worth your time. Our society is backwards and deserves whatever comes to it.
Wayne's World September 12, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Shrewd move by the prosecutors to kick this up to the feds to increase potential jail time. Glad these animals are not able to terrorize the area any longer. Patrolman Worrell should be commended for his bravery. I think his dad was a detective on the Paterson force for many years, so it seems that bravery runs in the family. We should thank them for their service to our community. I've heard through the grapevine that he is still grappling with the aftermath emotionally and that he has moved out of the area. I hope the verdict gives him some peace. It made me wonder that we can only imagine what our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan go through being shot at every day. Those who defend our nation truly do not receive enough recognition or support. The police department as an institution still has a lot of flaws but justaguy is right. In times like this, the best of what the police can be shows itself.
Stephen Gabriel September 15, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Ever heard of the electric chair?
fboy1932 September 16, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Thats fine with me, Id rather pay higher taxes to keep him away and to show an example you dont mess with the law.
Gary R. Adler February 24, 2013 at 10:30 PM
Hey Unreal! Obviously you can't read: The men targeted highway convenience stores, gas stations and liquor stores in Bergen, Burlington, Mercer, Middlesex, Passaic and Union counties between March and May 2010, robbing at least seven businesses at gunpoint. Otero and Cagan herded employees and customers into an office before Worrell confronted them. The men also robbed a Shell gas station and 7-Eleven at gunpoint on April 5, 2010. They robbed the store of its proceeds and ordered victims to the back of the store and stole their personal belongings. I guess we should forgive them for those crimes under your justice system. What a schmuck you are! If this town is unreal for you, then move the f*** out!

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