Ex-Air Force Police Officer Sentenced to 10 Years in Deaths

An entrance to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, where a car chase began in December 2015 that ended in a crash that claimed two lives. (DoD photo)
An entrance to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, where a car chase began in December 2015 that ended in a crash that claimed two lives. (DoD photo)

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. -- A former Air Force police officer has been sentenced to ten years in prison for a deadly crash during a high-speed chase of a car that carried her estranged husband and another woman.

Shade Cooper, 28, of East Granby, Connecticut, was convicted by a jury in a retrial in June of reckless manslaughter in the December 2015 crash in Bordentown Township.

Burlington County prosecutors said she became enraged when another woman picked up her husband, 26-year-old Nicholas Cooper, after he visited his children at his wife's apartment on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

Prosecutors said she followed the car for about 10 miles, striking it at one point, and as the high-speed pursuit continued the car eventually failed to negotiate a curve, crossed into an oncoming lane and was hit by a pickup truck, ending up in a wooded area in Bordentown. Cooper and 23-year-old Jocelyn Redding were killed.

"This is a tragic case, made even worse by the fact that it was entirely avoidable," Prosecutor Scott Coffina said ". Actions taken in anger often result in disastrous outcomes, like what happened here."

Authorities say Cooper must serve at least 8½ years of her 10-year sentence before becoming eligible for parole. Her first trial last year ended in a deadlocked jury.

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