- Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A suburban Kansas City, Missouri, man has been ordered to spend two decades in prison for causing a deadly 2014 car wreck while fleeing police.

Twenty-six-year-old Drew Ryland of Independence was sentenced Thursday in Jackson County. He was convicted him in March of second-degree murder, resisting arrest, five counts of armed criminal action and three counts of second-degree assault.

The murder charge was a based on the fact that the 28-year-old victim, Michael Hernandez, died as the result of Ryland’s resisting a lawful stop.

The Kansas City Star reports police gave chase to a sport utility vehicle they had tried to stop, then abandoned the pursuit moments before the SUV collided with Hernandez’s car.

The newspaper reports testing of Ryland’s blood drawn at the hospital showed he was legally drunk.

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