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Man sentenced for crash during police pursuit that killed two

A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing two passengers in a crash while fleeing from police in Kansas City, Kansas.

Zackery Smith was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty in February to an amended charge of second-degree murder.  As part of the plea, prosecutors dropped several other charges.

Authorities say Smith crashed into a pickup truck in October 2017 as officers were pursuing suspects from a reported shoplifting at a Cabela’s sporting goods store.  The victims were identified as 27-year-old Jason Edwards, of Kansas City, and 23-year-old Amber Bledsoe, of Prairie Village.

The pickup truck’s driver was treated at a hospital.

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