Man sentenced to life in prison for the death of an Illinois officer

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A Missouri man was sentenced Monday to life plus 13 years in prison on a first-degree murder conviction for the death of an Illinois officer who had tried to stop the man from fleeing police.

Caleb Campbell, 24, of Florissant, Missouri, was convicted last month in a court trial for the death of Brooklyn officer Brian Pierce Jr. on August 4, 2021.

Pierce, also 24, was part of a squad of officers trying to stop Campbell — who allegedly drove over spike lanes and hit Pierce on the McKinley Bridge in Venice, Illinois, which connects the two states.

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Campbell was taken into custody days after the incident, claiming he was carjacked in a parking lot at a Brooklyn nightclub. His car was later found abandoned on the Missouri side of the bridge.

Campbell had a gun in his car and an active warrant from Missouri for his arrest when he fled an attempted traffic stop, prosecutors said.

“The loss felt by Agent Pierce’s family and loved ones is unimaginable,” said Madison County attorney Thomas Haine. “There is no punishment that could even make them feel that justice has been adequately served.”

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Fellow judge Neil Schroeder’s sentence consisted of a life term for first-degree murder, 10 years for failing to report an accident involving injury or death, and three years for failing to stop following an accident involving injury or death, WSIL reported. TV. .

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