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Judge sentences ex-cop for accident

February 23, 2016
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A former police officer in the region has been sentenced to jail for killing a pedestrian.

Berrien County Judge Dennis Wiley said Eugene Anderson, whose sentence is 60 days in jail, failed to turn on his police lights and siren while responding to a domestic call last September.

He was rushing to a home at 30 mph above the speed limit.

His car struck and killed 48-year-old Kimberly Bedford of Hartford, who was drunk and not using a crosswalk.

Anderson was subsequently fired as a Benton Township officer.

He was convicted of causing death while driving, a misdemeanor.

Before getting his sentence last week, Anderson said his life's been "ruined."

The judge told him: "You are not above the law."

Anderson's supporters are disappointed. A local pastor, the Rev. Robert DeFrance, called it a "miscarriage of justice."

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