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High-speed chase death: Dodd's sentencing postponed

KINGMAN - The sentencing for Robert James Dodd, originally scheduled for Friday, was postponed until Dec. 4. Dodd was found guilty of second-degree murder and 10 other felony charges on Oct. 14.

On April 22, 2014, Dodd led law enforcement officers on a pursuit through Kingman. He drove through a stop sign on Packard Avenue and crashed into Linda Chevalier, 66, of Kingman. Chevalier died two hours later from her injuries.

Dodd was charged, and ultimately found guilty, on 11 charges: second-degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault regarding a passenger he had in the car, two counts of felony DUI for being under the influence of drugs while driving on a suspended license, possession of meth, two counts of criminal damage - one for the car he was borrowing at the time of the chase and one for the damage done to Chevalier's car - possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of felony endangerment.

Dodd could face harsher sentencing from Judge Steven Conn come Dec. 4. Dodd has already been convicted for another law enforcement pursuit that occurred just nine days prior to the one that took Chevalier's life, and is currently serving 15 years in prison for that pursuit. The counts against him also have different victims, with each carrying its own punishment that must be served separately from others.

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