KILLEEN (April 4, 2013)--A Killeen man who was found guilty Wednesday afternoon in the deaths of two people in a car crash in April 2012 in Killeen was sentenced to 15 years in prison Thursday.
John Stanton Beasley will be eligible for parole after serving half of the sentence.
The jury returned the guilty verdict late Wednesday afternoon in the deaths of James Carl Broland, 33, and Tamojeane Kehaulani Tambakis, 39, both of whom were in the back seat of a Chevrolet Tahoe that Beasley was driving as he tried to elude police on April 14, 2012 near downtown Killeen.
Beasley and another front seat passenger survived the crash.
The pursuing officers said Beasley ran a red light and several stop signs before he lost control of the Tahoe as he tried to turn from College Street onto Church Avenue.
The Tahoe flew into the air and was nearly sliced in half by a utility pole, after which it rolled several times and came to rest on its roof.
Police said Beasley tried to escape on foot after the crash but soon was apprehended.