Topeka man sentenced in car accident that killed friend

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for a drunken-driving crash that killed his friend.

Twenty-year-old William Kelly III was driving a car that crashed in January 2013 in Leavenworth. A passenger, Lee King, was partially ejected from the car and died after the vehicle landed on him.

Prosecutors say Kelly was speeding and had a blood alcohol content of .11, higher than the legal limit of 0.8, at the time of the crash.

Kelly was convicted in December of involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence. He was sentenced Friday to three years and five months in prison.

The Leavenworth Times reports defense attorney Kevin Shepherd argued for probation.


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