Chester man charged in connection with death of officer

RANDOLPH COUNTY — The 34-yaar-old Chester man whose attempt to flee from a traffic stop led to a chase that resulted in the death of Police Officer James Brockmeyer has been charged with first-degree murder.

Jason Michael Stoker (Source: RCSO)
Jason Michael Stoker
(Source: RCSO)

Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker charged Jason M. Stoker with first-degree murder, as well as two counts of aggravated fleeing and a charge of reckless homicide, for his role in the Brockemeyer’s October 28 death.

Stoker allegedly was driving at a high rate of speed and refused to pull over, which led to a crash that killed Brockmeyer during the pursuit.

Stoker was arrested in the St. Louis in November 1 and on Wednesday was extradited back to Illinois.

If Stoker is convicted, the murder charge could result in up to 60 years in prison, and the other charges could result in one to three year sentences each.

Stoker will be back in court Monday with counsel. Brockmeyer’s funeral was held last week and attended by officers from all over the area and included a 20-mile procession around Chester.