Man at center of '07 news helicopter crash sentenced

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by Natalie Rivers

azfamily.com

Posted on October 1, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 1 at 9:58 PM

PHOENIX -- The man who led Phoenix police officers on a high-speed chase that two news helicopters were covering when they collided was sentenced Friday morning.

Judge Cari Harrison sentenced Christopher Jermaine Jones to 25 years in prison.

On July 27, 2007, Jones was driving a stolen truck and had fled a traffic stop. Two news helicopters crashed while covering the chase, killing two pilots and two photographers.

3TV's Scott Bowerbank and Jim Cox and Channel 15's Craig Smith and Rick Krolak were killed in the collision over Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix.

Jones pleaded guilty to four counts of aggravated assault related to the police chase. He also pleaded guilty to auto theft, unlawful flight and failing to stay at an accident scene.

Jones did not face charges related to the helicopter collision.

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