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Admitted Highway Cop Killer Gets 10-20 Year Sentence



    Highway Cop Killer is Sentenced

    Highway cop killer John Leck is sentenced to 10-20 years. (Published Monday, Dec. 2, 2013)

    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.

    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.

    Sentencing Day For Cop Killer

    [PHI] Sentencing Day For Cop Killer
    NBC10's Matt DeLucia is live outside the courthouse with the results of a sentencing hearing for John Leck. Leck pleaded guilty to drunk driving charges stemming from an incident that ended in the death of a Philadelphia police officer.
    (Published Monday, Dec. 2, 2013)

    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