Chester police chief remembers fallen officer James Brockmeyer
A Chester man whose attempt to flee from a police officer in 2016 led to the officer’s death in a crash received a 12-year prison sentence Thursday for reckless homicide.
The sentence handed to Jason Stoker, 35, will run concurrently with a sentence he’s already serving for a meth case.
Stoker wasn’t at his sentencing on Thursday in Randolph County, in which the judge accepted the prosecution’s and defense’s agreement to 12 years. Stoker is at a federal prison in Arkansas, as he has been since receiving a 15-year sentence in federal court for conspiracy to distribute meth.
Chester Police Officer James I. Brockmeyer, 22, crashed while pursuing Stoker. The pursuit began after Brockmeyer tried to pull over Stoker for a traffic stop.
Several members of the Brockmeyer family were at the sentencing but waived the opportunity to give victim-impact statements.
They had spoken at the sentencing for Stoker’s federal case, said Randolph County State’s Attorney James Walker, and preferred “to not go through that again.”
After the sentencing, Walker said while the two cases were separate, they were somewhat linked in that the federal investigation spooked Stoker.
“We always believed (it was) the reason he ran from Officer Brockmeyer,” Walker said.
After the sentencing, Donald Brockmeyer, the officer’s father, spoke about the foundation the family set up for James Brockmeyer to assist police and fire departments, as well as the family’s difficulties since the death.
“I hope while he sits in prison (he realizes that) his meth was more important than lives,” Donald Brockmeyer said.
“He’s got a few years to think about it. I hope he does.”