Man charged in officer's death pleads guilty

Man charged in officer

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HODGENVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A central Kentucky man has pleaded guilty to charges in a vehicle chase that led to a police officer's death.

The News-Enterprise reports 30-year-old Jason Avis entered guilty pleas Monday to second-degree manslaughter, first-degree fleeing and evading, leaving the scene of an accident and second-degree persistent felony offense. He was originally charged with wanton murder in the death of Hodgenville Police Officer Mark Taulbee, who was found critically injured Sept. 16, 2012 in his patrol car.

State police have said Taulbee lost control of his vehicle while chasing Avis and crashed into an embankment. He died at a hospital from his injuries.

Avis apologized for his actions during the court hearing and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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