ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A 31-year-old Pontiac man was sentenced Monday in the death of a 75-year-old Independence Township man who was killed during a police chase in Orion Township.
Rashed Brown was sentenced to 100 to 150 years on second-degree murder as a habitual fourth offense and 19 to 60 years for fleeing from police. He was found guilty of the counts in a jury trial.
Officers responded to a call about a prescription fraud in progress at a CVS Pharmacy in the 3400 block of Baldwin Road in July 2016. When officers arrived, they arrested the suspect who was trying to fill the fake prescription.
Four other suspects waiting outside in a blue SUV fled when other deputies arrived at the scene. Officers followed the suspects, and attempted a traffic stop. The fleeing suspect's SUV ran a red light at the intersection between Waldon and Baldwin roads, before striking a van driven by the 75-year-old victim.
The victim, Reo Dockter, was transported to McLaren Hospital-Oakland, where he was pronounced dead.
The four suspects were also transported to hospitals for serious injuries.
Police said the blue SUV was a stolen vehicle out of Pontiac.
Dockter's wife, Deborah Dockter, spoke before the court at the sentencing hearing.
"He was a loving, caring, hardworking and a good provider," Deborah Dockter said. "I have lost the other half of us, my partner, supporter, the future we had planned."
Reo Dockter was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a recent retireee from General Motors.
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