A man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after pleading no contest in the death of a Beaumont police officer killed during a pursuit.
KFDM-TV reports a judge Thursday sentenced 32-year-old John Wesley Nero after he pleaded no contest to capital murder in the death of Officer Bryan Herbert, a 10-year veteran of the department.
Police have said the 36-year-old Herbert was retrieving road spikes from his trunk to try to stop Nero when Nero's vehicle struck the patrol car head-on, pushing it into the officer.
The chase started when an officer tried to talk to Nero about a disturbance earlier that evening at his family's Beaumont home. Nero had threatened to hurt his family and others.