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Man sentenced in death of Chester police officer

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CHESTER, Ill. -- A man will serve a 15-year prison sentence after leading a Chester police officer on a deadly chase.

A judge sentenced Jason Michael Stoker Thursday for the death of officer James Brockmeyer.

Stoker pleaded guilty to a reckless homicide charge in May, a few days after he pleaded guilty to selling meth.

The judge gave Stoker a 12-year sentence for the reckless homicide charge, and because it runs concurrent with a 15-year sentence in federal prison for the meth charge, 15 years is all he'll serve.

Don Brockmeyer, James' father, says the sentence isn't enough, but at least he can put this case behind him.

He said his son's death is still fresh in his mind.

"We've been talking for two years here and it's just like it happened yesterday," Brockmeyer said.

Officer James Brockmeyer died in October 2016 after crashing his squad car while chasing after Jason Stoker.

"15 years is not long enough for what he's done," Don Brockmeyer said. "(Stoker) took a very responsible person out of the community."

Brockmeyer served as a police officer, a firefighter and a community leader.

"He's helping a lot of people yet today," his father said.

The family set up the James Brockmeyer Memorial Fund after his death.

It helps provide equipment for first responders.

"I hate to lose my son to this, but he's definitely going to be remembered," Don Brockmeyer said.

Despite no additional time in prison for Stoker in Officer Brockmeyer's death, his father says Stoker still has plenty of time to think about what he did.  

"There's no hatred towards him," Brockmeyer said. "God is there with me to help me get through this and we just hope Mr. Stoker learns his lessons and comes out a good man."

Stoker pleaded guilty to reckless homicide a few days after settling the meth case— and a judge gave him a 12 year sentence for that Thursday— but that sentence will run at the same time as the one for meth.  

And he hopes his son's case makes lawmakers think about increasing punishments for crimes against first responders.

The family will host an event called "Jeeping For JIB" on Sept. 15 to raise money for the James Brockmeyer Memorial Fund.

Details for that event can be found on the memorial fund's Facebook page.

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