- Associated Press - Monday, January 27, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina man will spend at least 34 years in prison after a high speed chase in 2012 that resulted in the death of a state trooper.

Christopher McCoy Rodgers pleaded guilty Monday in a Nash County courtroom to second degree murder in the death of Trooper Bobby “Gene” DeMuth Jr. Authorities say Rodgers fatally stuck the married father and former Marine as he was trying to deploy a strip of spikes across U.S. 64 to pierce the suspect’s tires.

The 41-year-old Rodgers was sentenced to between 21 and 26 years on the murder charge. He was sentenced in Wake County last week to 13 to 18 years on charges of first-degree burglary, common-law robbery and two counts of first-degree kidnapping for crimes that occurred prior to DeMuth’s death.

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