Man who helped suspect in Topeka officer’s death sentenced

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka man was sentenced to more than two years in prison for helping the man who killed a Topeka police officer in 2014.

Randy Allen Ridens Jr., was sentenced Tuesday to two years and three months in prison for obstructing justice and possession of stolen property.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Ridens helped Ross Preston Lane escape after Lane shot Cpl. Jason Harwood in Topeka during a traffic stop.

Prosecutors say Ridens picked up Lane after the shooting and drove him away from the scene. He was arrested in Lawrence.

Lane was sentenced to life in prison without parole for capital murder in Harwood’s death. Lane was found dead in his cell on Dec. 24. The death is being investigated.



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