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CHESTER — A Chester man has pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in connection to the October 2016 death of late Chester Police Officer James Brockmeyer, according to Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker.

Jason Stoker, 35, pleaded guilty to reckless homicide Monday morning just before his bench trial was scheduled to begin. With the plea deal, the other charges of murder and aggravated fleeing were dropped.

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Reckless homicide is a Class 2 felony, which carries a potential penalty of three to 14 years in prison, Walker said.

Stoker also was sentenced this past Friday to 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.

On the night of Brockmeyer’s death in October 2016, he attempted to perform a traffic stop on Stoker. However, because Stoker had “ice” — a pure form of meth — in the car, he refused to pull over, and drove at high speeds away from Brockmeyer.

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Brockmeyer gave pursuit, but lost control of his vehicle and was killed as a result of the crash. He was 22 years old.

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Officer James Brockmeyer

Brockmeyer

Walker said the plea in Randolph County is something that has been in the works for about a year with the families involved and was agreed to in principal. However, he said when the federal case came along, everything needed to wait until that case was resolved.

“We needed that case to work its way thought the system and are more than satisfied with the sentence Mr. Stoker received last week in the federal court,” Walker said. “The family of Mr. Brockmeyer were involved in this resolution, were fully aware, and in agreement with what we did. I only hope this gives the family additional closure and will allow them to move forward with their grieving and healing.”

At the sentencing hearing of the federal case, Bockmeyer’s mother, Dixie, and Chester Police Chief Ryan Coffey gave victim impact statements. Stoker was given an enhanced sentence for recklessly creating a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury in the course of fleeing from a law enforcement officer.

A sentencing hearing for Stoker in Randolph County is set for Aug. 16.

dustin.duncan@thesouthern.com

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Dustin Duncan is a reporter for The Southern Illinoisan covering Carbondale.

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