Friday, August 31, 2012
A Topeka man was sentenced to life in prison for fleeing from police and causing an accident that killed one man and injured several others.
Shawnee County Judge David Debenham will recommend that 34-year-old Kody Shane Godfrey serve his sentence at Larned State Hospital.
Godfrey, who suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, was sentenced for felony first-degree murder and other charges.
Topeka police say Godfrey hit three cars at a Topeka intersection last November, killing 22-year-old Jordan Dodgen of Shawnee.
Godfrey sped off when an officer tried to make a routine traffic stop. The pursuit lasted only about 30 seconds before Godfrey's pickup hit three cars stopped at the intersection.