KCK man who killed driver while evading police pleads guilty to murder

Victim in wreck was mother of former TV reporter

A man who struck and killed a grandmother in February while fleeing from Kansas City, Kan. police pleaded guilty to second degree murder charges.

Christopher Bradley Stewart, 29, struck a plea deal in connection with the February 17 death of Graciela Olivas, 62. As part of his agreement, he pleaded guilty Friday to charges of second-degree murder and eluding police.

Olivas, the mother of former KCTV5 reporter Sandra Olivas, was driving in the intersection of 34th Street and Shawnee Drive when Stewart struck her car after running a stop sign, police said.

Stewart's attorney Josh Allen said they were not expecting a plea deal from the state, but his client gladly accepted it because it removed the possibility of life in prison.

"When we received the offer we compared that to what we believe our chances were at trial. I think Chris knew he had to make the plea," Allen said.

Stewart will be sentenced on August 20. He is expected to be sentenced to 18 years in prison.

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