Defendant Sentenced to Life Without the Possibility of Parole for the Murder of San Francisco Police Officer Nick Tomasito Birco

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 2011

CONTACT:
ADA Seth Steward, DA Gascón’ Office, (415) 553-1014

Erica Terry Derryck, DA Gascón’ Office, (415) 553-1167


SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Steven Petrilli, (CN 2362614), was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for the murder of Nick Tomasito Birco. The defendant was sentenced in San Francisco Superior Court by the Honorable Newton Lam.

On September 23, 2010, a jury found that Steven Petrilli murdered Officer Nick Tomasito Birco during the commission of a robbery spree. The jury also found true the special circumstance that the defendant murdered Officer Birco during the course of a robbery. In addition, the defendant was found guilty of second degree murder, four counts of robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, gross vehicular manslaughter, evading police and causing serious bodily injury or death, and driving a stolen vehicle.

According to evidence presented at trial, in July 2006, after committing four separate robberies, the defendant fled in a stolen vehicle and led police on a high speed car chase through San Francisco and San Mateo county ending in a collision resulting in the death of Officer Birco, a five-year veteran of the San Francisco Police Department.

Assistant District Attorney Eric Fleming prosecuted the case.