Man given maximum sentence in killing of Johnson County deputy

Posted at 10:56 AM, Jan 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-12 14:01:18-05

JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. – A judge has sentenced the man who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the killing of a Johnson County deputy to 12.5 years in prison.

That was the maximum sentence allowed under Adrian Espinosa-Flores’s plea agreement.

According to court records, Espinosa-Flores was driving drunk on 69 Highway when he rammed his pickup into the back of Johnson County Master Deputy Brandon Collins’s patrol car in the early morning hours of Sept. 11, 2016.

Collins had pulled an SUV over to the side of the road.

Both cars caught fire, and Collins, who was inside his vehicle, was killed.

Espinosa-Flores fled the scene, but a police helicopter and canine teams found him.

He admitted to being in the country illegally.

His lawyer said after he has served the 12.5-year sentence, Espinosa-Flores will be deported back to Mexico.

Family and friends of both Collins and Espinosa-Flores were in the courtroom Friday.

A statement from Collins’s mother was read aloud, though she herself was not present.

“There is not enough space in my heart for hatred, only longing for my son,” the statement said.

Collins’ coworker at the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Captain Mark Rokusek said he and the Collins family want justice. 

“The pain I feel is only a mere minute fraction of the pain and suffering and anguish that Brandon's family has endured and continues to endure as a result of Brandon's tragic death,” Rokusek said. 

Espinosa-Flores stood before the judge and apologized. 

“I can't fix what I've done. But with all my heart, I ask you to forgive me,” Espinosa-Flores said with the help of a translator. 

Espinosa-Flores has 14 days to appeal the decision.