Passenger In Car That Killed Officer Francis Sentenced

A passenger in the stolen car that struck and killed Bluffton Police Officer Dominic Francis in March of 2022 learned how long he’ll be behind bars.

Zachary Love previously pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence, having a weapon under disability, and improper handling of a firearm in a vehicle. He was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison.

Another passenger, Dante Tate, pleaded guilty in February and was sentenced to 2 ½ years.

The man who was driving the stolen vehicle, Emin Johnson, previously pleaded guilty to various charges including involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 21 to 26 ½ years in prison.

Authorities say the three were in a stolen car that was fleeing from police on Interstate 75 southbound around 2:30 a.m. on March 31st 2022 that struck and killed Officer Francis as he was placing stop sticks on the highway in an effort to end the pursuit.

Donations can be made in Dom’s honor to the Dominic Francis Memorial Scholarships through The Findlay Hancock Community Foundation.