Jerod Green of Morgantown, W.Va., pleaded guilty this week in Monongalia County Circuit Court to charges that initiated a police chase that led to the death Feb. 18, 2012, of Monongalia Sheriff’s Sgt. Todd May on Interstate 79 in Perry Township in Greene County.
A Greene County jury found Green guilty of third-degree murder and he was sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison.
Green pleaded guilty Monday to third or subsequent DUI, fleeing from an officer causing bodily injury and fleeing from an officer with reckless indifference.
Green led Monongalia County police and sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase starting in the Morgantown area and ending on Interstate 79 in Perry Township, where his pickup truck collided with a sheriff’s vehicle driven by May.
May, 41, died as a result of injuries suffered in the crash. He was a 10-year veteran of the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department.
West Virginia sheriff’s deputies pursued Green after he fled from a traffic stop involving a hit-and-run accident that occurred earlier that evening on Easton Hill Road in Monongalia County.
Green’s truck struck a car driven by Skylar Johnson, 19, of Morgantown. When police stopped Green’s vehicle, Green denied hitting Johnson’s vehicle and then admitted he was there but it was not his fault. When an officer reached inside Green’s truck to turn off the ignition, Green hit the gas and pulled off with the officer’s arm inside the window.
Police pursued Green’s truck north on Route 100 and onto Route 19 north into Pennsylvania. He then entered the Interstate 79 southbound on-ramp at Mt. Morris.
Just south of the on-ramp, Green’s truck collided with May’s marked police vehicle, a Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Green was found to have a blood-alcohol content of 0.189 percent, more than two times the legal limit in Pennsylvania.
He also was found to have prescription medications in his system.
According to Monongalia County Prosecuting Attorney Marcia Ashdown, the state will recommend a sentence of 5-18 years. Sentencing is tentatively scheduled for May 9.