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Man pleads guilty to murder in crash that killed dance instructor

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Roy Maney pleaded guilty Wednesday to reckless second-degree murder and fleeing the scene. Roy Maney pleaded guilty Wednesday to reckless second-degree murder and fleeing the scene.
Maney was arrested after crash in October 2013 that killed Tiffany Mogenson.  Police say Maney's car was going 90 mph at the time of the crash. Maney was arrested after crash in October 2013 that killed Tiffany Mogenson. Police say Maney's car was going 90 mph at the time of the crash.
OLATHE, KS (KCTV) -

A 33-year-old Shawnee man has pleaded guilty in the death of a former Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader in a traffic crash while he was fleeing from police.

Roy Lee Maney pleaded guilty Wednesday to reckless second-degree murder and fleeing the scene. In a plea deal, Johnson County prosecutors dismissed charges of aggravated battery and obstructing the legal process. Family members are angry and disappointed that Maney may face no more than 16 years in prison.

Maney was arrested after a crash in October 2013 that killed 30-year-old dance instructor Tiffany Mogenson, of Prairie Village. Police say Maney's car was going 90 mph at the time of the crash. He had alcohol in his system, but it was below the legal limit.

Mogenson's husband called the plea agreement "absolutely sickening" and hired attorneys to ask the judge to not accept the plea.

"In my opinion, the only interest served today was those of the defendant," Mike Mogenson said.

Maney will be sentenced in April. Due to his prior felony criminal history, he faces up to 16 years in prison.

But that's not enough for the victim's family.

Tiffany Mogenson was sitting at the red light at Roe and 75th when Maney plowed into her. Maney also struck a second car, injuring that driver. The aggravated battery charge involving that innocent bystander was dismissed as part of the plea deal, which upsets Tiffany Mogenson's family.

"Give the court the ability to decide what sentence should be," the grieving widower said.

Maney will be sentenced on April 8. Tiffany Mogenson's family will be there.

"I'm not sure that I can convey how we are feeling. Obviously no sentence that would be rendered or no agreement is ever going to bring Tiff back," Mike Mogenson said.

Prosecutors have told the family that Maney is facing a significant amount of time in prison, Mike Mogenson said.

"But Tiff is gone forever and that's also significant," he said. "These our people who are charged with representing the people of Kansas and our interests. And in my opinion, the only interest served today are the interests of the defendant. Nothing got better for the citizens of Johnson County."

The family is grateful for the support that they have received including their efforts to keep their loved one's memory alive.

Tiffany Mogenson had a dance studio in Eastern Jackson County, which is still operating. Her passion was spreading her love of dance with others. A scholarship fund has been set up in her honor. More than $10,000 has been donated to dancers across the country.

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