Man sentenced for crash that killed 8-year-old girl

KANSAS CITY, Kansas (AP) – A 28-year-old Kansas man has been sentenced to more than 20 years in the death of an 8-year-old girl who was killed when he crashed into her minivan while fleeing from police.

Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome Gorman says Tyrone Murphy Jr. was sentenced Friday to 251 months. He pleaded no contest in February to one count of intentional second-degree murder and two counts of aggravated battery.

Prosecutors say Murphy fled from a traffic stop in April 2014, ran a red light and struck the minivan of a family coming home from church. The crash killed Jasmine Rodriguez, who had just given her first confession.

Toxicology tests showed Murphy had cocaine, marijuana and alcohol in his system at the time of the crash.

He was initially charged with first-degree murder.

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