LOUISVILLE, KY – A man has been sentenced to prison for a crash three years ago that killed a Louisville Metro Police Department detective, reports WLKY.
A Jefferson County judge imposed a sentence of 27 years behind bars for 63-year-old Roger Burdette on Friday, upholding the recommendation of a jury in the case.
Burdette was a driver for the Metropolitan Sewer District at the time of the incident on Christmas Eve 2018. Authorities said he was driving a semi-truck that crashed into the cruiser of LMPD Detective Deidre Mengedoht, 32, who had been parked for a traffic stop on Interstate 64 in downtown Louisville. Mengedoht’s squad car was pushed into a pickup truck, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Burdette was found guilty last month on several charges, including wanton murder, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants and failure to give right of way to a stopped emergency vehicle.
Prosecutors said Burdette was under the influence of prescription drugs when the collision occurred.
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