Admitted Highway Cop Killer Gets 10-20 Year Sentence

By Vince Lattanzio
|  Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013  |  Updated 5:03 AM EDT
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Highway cop killer John Leck is sentenced to 10-20 years.

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Highway cop killer John Leck is sentenced to 10-20 years.

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The Bucks County man who admitting to killing a Philadelphia Police officer, after driving the wrong-way along I-95 while drunk, will spend up to 20 years in prison.

John Leck, Jr. was sentenced on Monday for the deadly 2012 crash that killed Philadelphia Highway Patrol Officer Brian Lorenzo. He previously pled guilty to Third Degree Murder, DUI and Homicide by Vehicle While DUI.

A Common Pleas judge handed down concurrent sentences -- 10 to 20 years in prison for the Third Degree Murder and 5 to 10 years for Homicide by Vehicle While DUI. The maximum sentence for the murder charge is 25 years in prison.

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The 48-year-old Levittown, Pa. man's blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit when he drove south in the northbound lanes of I-95 near Cottman Ave. on July 8, 2012, officials said. Witnesses said Leck, Jr. slammed head-on into Lorenzo's police motorcycle sending the officer flying through the air.

Lorenzo, a father of three and 23 year veteran of the department, had just finished his shift and was heading home when he was killed.

Leck, Jr. was also ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution to Lorenzo's family.

A 12-mile stretch of the highway was renamed for Lorenzo and fellow officer Charles O'Hanlon, who was killed on the roadway in 1985.

Pictured: Officer Brian Lorenzo

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