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Stoker takes plea deal in connection to officer's death

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CHESTER-- It was a day of relief for the family of Chester Police Officer James Brockmeyer.

The man accused in his death, Jason Stoker, accepted a plea deal in Randolph County Court just after 10 a.m. Monday. He pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless homicide.

In return, one count of first degree murder and two counts of aggravated fleeing and eluding police were dropped. 

Back in 2016, Officer Brockmeyer was chasing Stoker along Palestine Road in rural Chester. Brockmeyer lost control of his squad car and crashed, dying from his injuries.

Now what remains as a reminder is this memorial placed on the side of the road in Brockmeyer's memory.

His colleague remembered him in an interview following the accident.

"He's very dearly missed. His name rolls off someone's tongue at least once a day," said Chester Police Sergeant Bobby Helmers.

Stoker is being held responsible for his death wit the charges stating he acted in a way that caused death or great bodily harm while refusing to obey orders from Officer Brockmeyer.

Brockmeyer's mother Dixie said in a statement: "We are relieved that both federal and state cases are over. Jason Stoker's guilty plea to both federal and state charges really says it all. Hopefully we can start our healing process and keep honoring James personally through the James Brockmeyer Memorial Fund assisting first responders needs."

She also thanked those who worked on the case for the best outcome for her son.

***ORIGINAL STORY***

CHESTER -- Jason Stoker has pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in connection to the 2016 death of officer James Brockmeyer.

Stoker's bench trial was supposed to start Monday morning.

But he took the plea deal in exchange for several charges being dropped including murder.

Stay with News 3 for further updates.

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