PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A man who struck and killed an Ohio police officer directing traffic and then fled the scene has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.
A judge on Friday handed down the maximum sentenced to 25-year-old Brian Anthony, of Kirtland.
Authorities say Anthony struck 41-year-old Mentor police officer Mathew Mazany around 1 a.m. June 24 as Mazany assisted with a traffic stop on a Lake County freeway.
Anthony surrendered to police later that day. A Lake County assistant prosecutor said Anthony tested positive for alcohol and heroin.
At his sentencing, Anthony apologized to the officer’s family.
His defense attorney said Anthony bought what he thought was cocaine, but it turned out to be fentanyl.
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