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Judge sentences man to 15 years for death of police officer

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Jason Avis (Source: Kentucky State Police) Jason Avis (Source: Kentucky State Police)
Officer Mark Taulbee (Source: LaRue County Herald News) Officer Mark Taulbee (Source: LaRue County Herald News)

HODGENVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A man charged with murder in the death of a police officer was found guilty of lesser charges.

Jason Avis, 30, of Vine Grove, Kentucky was charged with murder in the death of Hodgenville police officer Mark Taulbee. In September 2012, Kentucky State Police said Officer Taulbee lost control of his car while chasing Avis and died when it hit an embankment.

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Avis pleaded not guilty to murder in December of 2012.

A LaRue County Circuit Court judge agreed, amending the charge down to second degree manslaughter on September 30, 2013. The judge found him guilty of manslaughter as well as evading police, leaving the scene of an accident, and being a persistent felony offender. Avis maintained his innocence throughout the proceedings.

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The judge made his ruling before a jury trial started for Avis which was set to begin on October 22.

In total Avis was sentenced to 21 years in prison, but some of those sentences will run concurrently with others leaving him to serve a 15 year sentence.

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