Man sentenced to life for killing Kansas police captain

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -

A 22-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting a Kansas police captain.

The Kansas City Star reports Jamaal Lewis was sentenced Friday for first-degree felony murder in the July 2016 death of Capt. Robert Melton.

The charge carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison with a chance of parole in 25 years.

Sentences for aggravated assault and shooting into an unoccupied building will run consecutively to each other and to the life sentence.

Lewis was initially charged with capital murder but pleaded guilty last month to the reduced charge.

Melton was searching for suspects in a drive-by shooting when he saw Lewis walking and tried to block him with his car. Prosecutors say Lewis pulled a handgun and fired several shots at Melton's vehicle.
 

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