Man in police cruiser theft sentenced to prison

Donald Morgan appears in court. Pool photo by David DelPoio The Providence Journal

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A Rhode Island man who stole a state police cruiser before setting off a chain of events that lead to a fatal shooting on Interstate 95 is heading to prison.

The State Attorney General’s Office says 36-year-old Donald Morgan was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday with 3 1/2 to serve after he pleaded no contest to a variety of charges.

Morgan was being transported to an arraignment hearing Nov. 9 when he stole a police cruiser after the officer stopped to investigate an accident.

Morgan ditched the cruiser, and state police received a tip that he may have climbed into a white pickup truck.

Troopers engaged in a high-speed pursuit with a white pickup and opened fire, killing 32-year-old Joseph Santos.

Morgan was caught the following day in Cumberland.

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