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Man sentenced for bystander’s death during police chase

November 5, 2021 GMT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka man has been sentenced to life in prison after a police chase that led to the death of another driver.

Brandon Keith Jordan was sentenced Friday for the death of 69-year-old Dennis Affolter of Topeka.

Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay said the chase on Nov. 7, 2019, began after law enforcement officers received a report of a man trying to use forged checks at a Fidelity Bank in Topeka.

Jordan eventually ran a stop sign and hit a vehicle driven by Affolter, who died from his injuries.

Jordan was convicted in August of first-degree murder, two counts of interference with law enforcement, eluding police, two counts of forgery, identity theft, driving while suspended and reckless driving.

Jordan will be eligible for parole after 25 years.