Soldier pleads no contest in fatal Kansas chase

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (AP) – A Fort Riley soldier faces up to 41 years in prison after pleading no contest to charges in a fatal, wrong-way chase on Interstate 70.

Gary Fisher Nelson, of Junction City, will be sentenced Nov. 12. The Geary County prosecutor’s office says Nelson pleaded no contest last week to second-degree murder and reckless driving.

Authorities said Nelson intentionally drove the wrong way on I-70 the night of April 3. A sport utility vehicle that tried to avoid a head-on collision went off the highway and rolled over, killing 53-year-old passenger Jake Black of Manhattan.

A Highway Patrol trooper continued chasing Nelson at speeds of up to 100 mph before the soldier surrendered after several miles.

Investigators said Nelson told them and others he had planned to commit suicide. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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