Man gets life sentence for carjacking, fatal wreck in Topeka

November 24, 2021 GMT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka man has been sentenced to life in prison for a carjacking and an accident that led to the death of another man.

Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay announced the sentence Wednesday for Darren Matthew Johnson. Johnson was convicted in May of charges that included first-degree murder committed during an inherently dangerous felony and aggravated robbery.

Police were called at about 4 a.m. June 22, 2020, to a report of a carjacking near Ripley Park. The victim said two men assaulted him and stole his 2011 Kia Soul.

About an hour later, police saw the car, which sped away before running a red light and colliding head-on with another vehicle. The backseat passenger in the Kia, Ricardo Rodriguez, died at the scene.