- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 31, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Topeka man with a long criminal record was sentenced to life in prison for a fatal traffic accident that occurred while he was fleeing police.

Sixty-three-year-old Sherman Norman Jenkins was sentenced Monday for first-degree murder in the February 2016 death of Mia Holden. Jenkins won’t be eligible for parole for 25 years.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (https://bit.ly/2jQI49I ) Jenkins had 33 offenses dating back to 1972 in his criminal record.

Holden, the mother of six children, was killed when the stolen pickup truck Jenkins was driving hit a vehicle she was riding in as Jenkins was fleeing from police.

The police chase began when officers tried to stop the truck because its tail lights weren’t working.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, https://www.cjonline.com

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