Tyrone Murphy Jr. sentenced to more than 20 years in prison after killing 8-year-old girl in car accident

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Tyrone Murphy, Jr.

Tyrone Murphy, Jr.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A Wyandotte County judge threw the book at Tyrone Murphy Jr. Friday morning at a sentencing hearing for an accident that killed an 8-year-old girl and injured two others as he tried to flee from police.

Murphy will face more than 20 years in prison.

Police said they tried to pull over Murphy, but instead he fled and eventually crashed in Jasmine and her family.

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8-year-old Jasmine Rodriguez


8-year-old Jasmine Rodriguez died in the accident. Jasmine was headed home from church with her siblings and mother on April 9, 2014 when Murphy crashed into the family's minivan near N. 63rd Street and Leavenworth Road in KCK. Police said Murphy was driving nearly 80 mph when he ran a red light and hit the family. Jasmine's mother and brother were both injured in the crash.

Murphy's family pleaded for leniency and said that he feared police and was afraid that he would be harmed if he pulled over.

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The accident was one of two accidents that caused KCK police to suspend their pursuit policy.