Driver that killed Bluffton officer pleads guilty, sentenced to 21-26 years in prison

Emin Johnson
Emin Johnson(WTVG)
Published: Mar. 21, 2023 at 8:11 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 22, 2023 at 11:42 AM EDT
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FINDLAY, Ohio (WTVG) - The last of three suspects involved in the high speed pursuit that led to the death of a Bluffton police officer pleaded guilty Wednesday.

42-year-old Dominic Francis was struck by the vehicle they were in while attempting to deploy stop-sticks on the southbound I-75 exit on the east side of Bluffton in March of 2022.

Emin Johnson faced the most serious charges in the case, including involuntary manslaughter and aggravated vehicular homicide. He was sentenced to 21-26 1/2 years in prison, according to the Findlay Courier.

In a letter to the judge in his case, sent on March 15, Johnson said he felt his lawyers were pressuring him to take a plea deal when he wanted to be defended in court.

Shortly after that letter was sent, a second suspect, Zachary Love, pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence, having weapons under disability, and improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle.

A third suspect, Dante Tate, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property and complicity to receiving stolen property back in February.

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