Man Sentenced for Killing Wife, Shooting at Police

A Hempstead man was sentenced Wednesday to two consecutive terms of 25-years-to-life in prison for killing his wife and shooting at police officers who responded to the scene two years ago.

Leonard Reed had been convicted in February of second-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal contempt.

“Mr. Reed repeatedly lashed out against his wife, pistol-whipped her and drove her to seek a safe house to escape his murderous rage,” Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.

Prosecutors said the 47-year-old man shot his estranged wife, Diane Reed, repeatedly with a semi-automatic firearm and then opened fire at responding Hempstead village police officers at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 7, 2013.

A shootout ensued and Reed repeatedly stabbed his wife before surrendering to police 10 minutes later, authorities said. Reed was shot during the shootout but recovered.