Johnson sentenced for role in officer's death

GRENADA, Miss. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to serve 40 years for his role in the death of a Eupora, Mississippi, police officer who was killed in 2013 while trying to stop a car allegedly involved in a failed bank robbery.

Highway Patrol spokesman Warren Strain says in a news release that Brandon Johnson of Orlando, Florida, was sentenced Tuesday in Grenada County.

Johnson earlier pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery and one count of second degree murder. He was sentenced to 40 years on each count with the sentences to run at the same time.

Authorities say Officer Keith Crenshaw was placing spike strips along U.S. Highway 82 in front of the suspects' car when he was struck and killed.

Two people Johnson's car died of their injuries.