Man gets 20 yrs for chase that killed Greenville Co. firefighter

John William Kennedy
John William Kennedy (From: Greenville Co. Detention Center)

GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – A Greenville man was sentenced to 20 years in prison after a chase and crash that killed a North Greenville firefighter.

27-year-old John William Kennedy pleaded guilty to charges of Attempted Murder, Failure to Stop for Blue Lights Resulting in Death, Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Death, Reckless Homicide, and Grand Larceny.

John William Kennedy
John William Kennedy at bond hearing

Kennedy was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the Attempted Murder charge and 10 years in prison for the Grand Larceny charge.

He was also sentenced to between 10 to 20 years for the remaining charges and will be served concurrently with the Attempted Murder charge.

The 10 year Grand Larceny sentence was suspended upon service of two years of community supervision followed by 5 years of probation following the completion of his 20 year sentence.
On September 17, 2015 Kennedy stole a truck from his former girlfriend’s father and tried to sell it at a gas station that morning.

Deputies were told where the truck might be and went to the gas station.

Greenville co crash and chase that killed firefighter
Scene of crash on Hwy. 25

Kennedy hit one of the deputies with the truck when he tried to leave the scene.

They deputy shot Kennedy in the forehead.

Even after being shot in the head, Kennedy led deputies on a chase until he crossed into oncoming traffic on Highway 25.

After deputies stopped chasing Kennedy, he continued driving the wrong way down Highway 25 at high speed until he hit firefighter Jordan Howard, who was driving a motorcycle to work.

He was arrested after trying to run from the scene of the crash.

Kennedy will have to serve 85% of the 20 year sentence before he is eligible for parole.

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