TOPEKA (KSNT) – The man charged with first degree murder in Thursday’s fatal car crash that began with a police pursuit, could join his father behind bars.

Marcos Adan Cruz, Sr., the father of Marcos Adan Cruz, Jr. is currently serving time for intentional 2nd degree murder and aggravated robbery in a case from Shawnee County. The 36-year-old Lansing Correctional Facility inmate is the father of his 20-year-old namesake, now charged with first degree murder in the death of 69-year-old Edward Green of Tecumseh.

Authorities say Green was a passenger in a car hit by Cruz, Jr. as he fled from a Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper attempting to pull him over. The crash happened after a very short police pursuit at the intersection of 6th and Gage Boulevard in Topeka. Green’s friend who was driving, a73-year-old man was hospitalized. Cruz, Jr.’s passenger, a 21-year-old man was injured in the crash, along with his 8-month-old son Martay Cruz. Now, if convicted of murder, his son may grow up without his father; just as Cruz, Jr. did.

Marcos Adan Cruz, Sr. was just a year older than his son when he was charged with 1st degree murder in the January 19, 2001 death of 17-year-old Jose Luis Gomez. An old article from the Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Cruz, Sr. was one of four defendants in Gomez’s death. According to the paper, Cruz rode with 20-year-old Jason Scheid, 18-year-old Cody King, and 18-year-old James Jamerson as they took Gomez to an area near Silver Lake where he was forced from the car and shot. The 2001 article reveals that Jamerson fired a shot from his pistol but it jammed. King then fired several shots from his pistol, placed the gun in the victim’s face once more and pulled the trigger. Gomez died the following day. That’s according to testimony. The murder was allegedly over $300 for a car Jamerson bought from Gomez.

The senior Cruz, DOC Inmate #0075911, is currently being held in maximum security. He’s currently working in a job at the prison according to the Kansas Department of Corrections. The earliest possible date he could be released is February 15, 2020. However, DOC notes that date could be affected by a parole board decision or good time and/or program credit. Cruz, Sr. began serving his sentence in October of 2002, meaning he’s now been behind bars for nearly 14 years. Quick math reveals Cruz, Sr. became a father around the age of 16, and went to prison when his son, Marcos Adan Cruz, Jr. was about 6-years-old.

The convicted felon first pleaded not guilty to three charges in October 2001: 1st degree murder, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, and one count of aggravated robbery. He later pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors to the lesser charge of 2nd degree murder and only one count of aggravated robbery. The conspiracy to commit charge was dismissed.

Marcos Cruz, Sr. has spent much of his sentence in and out of the Kansas prison system’s mental health facilities at Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility and Larned State Hospital in Pawnee County. He’s also spent time behind bars at El Dorado Correctional Facility, Hutchinson Correctional Facility, and Lansing Correctional Facility. That’s five different facilities in less than 15 years. During that time he’s racked up 79 disciplinary reports with violations including lewd acts, battery, fighting, threats or intimidation, dangerous contraband, interfering with official duties, disruptive behavior, and disobeying orders. The last action in the convicted felon’s case according to Shawnee County court records (Case #01CR125), was a written inquiry from him about the cost of transcripts. That was in January 2015.

Meanwhile, Cruz. Sr.’s three other co-defendants remain behind bars. Both Scheid and Jamerson are currently being held at El Dorado. Jamerson is considered to be a low to medium risk, while Scheid’s custody level is the highest risk: special management. That means he is segregated from the rest of the prisoners and only allowed out of his cell for 1 hour every 24 hours. King was transferred to an out of state facility years ago. Scheid is up for parole in March 2018, while Jamerson is set to be considered in October 2020. No information was available from DOC’s online records concerning King and any potential for release.The following is homicide victim Jose Gomez’s 2001 obituary:Jose Luis Gomez, 17, Topeka, died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001, at a Topeka hospital.He was born June 28, 1983, in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, the son of Alberto and Ana Marie Angulo Espinoza. He attended Topeka High School.Mr. Gomez was a member of Familia Cristiana Asemblea De Dios.Survivors include his parents, Alberto and Ana Marie Espinoza, Topeka; three sisters, Monica Gomez, Ofilia Espinoza and Jessica Espinoza, all at home; and grandparents, Angelina Angulo, Cuiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, and Albertano Espinoza, Michoacan, Mexico.Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the First Assembly of God Church. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. A prayer service will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel, where visitation will be until 8 p.m.