- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Gardner man who took part in a 2013 chase and shootout that injured a sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to more than 35 years in prison.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1MN7wDs ) that 38-year-old Jason Perez has been ordered to serve the term for about a dozen felony crimes he and his then-girlfriend committed on March 11, 2013.

Among his convictions is the attempted first-degree murder of Sedgwick County sheriff’s deputy Lucas Powell. Powell was injured when he confronted the couple during a traffic stop on I-135 near Potwin. The incident ended in an exchange of gunfire.

Perez’s girlfriend, Clara Crosser, is serving a more than 20-year prison sentence. She fired the shot that hit Powell.

The sentence was handed down Thursday by a Butler County judge.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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