Man who led deputy on deadly chase heading to prison

John Kelsey waits to learn his punishment for the death of Deputy Whitaker on July 22, 2015. (Courtesy WLNS)

MASON, Mich. (WLNS) — A Stockbridge man who led authorities on a high-speed chase that ended in the death of a deputy will spend decades in prison.

Employees of the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office packed 30th Circuit Court Wednesday morning to hear the sentence for 34-year-old John Kelsey, who caused the death of one of their own — Deputy Grant Whitaker.

Around 9:30 a.m., Judge James Jamo ended the anticipation, handing down a sentence of 20 to 45 years in prison.

Kelsey showed little emotion has he learned his punishment.

Prosecutors say Kelsey was driving on a suspended or revoked license when he sped past Deputy Grant Whitaker’s patrol vehicle, sparking the high-speed chase Dec. 7.

Court documents indicate Whitaker was driving between 110 and 120 miles per hour seconds before his vehicle veered off the road and hit a tree, causing his death.

A jury found Kelsey guilty last month.

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This article was originally published on WLNS

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