man found guilty
of involuntary manslaughter
A Scranton man entered a plea last week in answer to a charge
of involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence
Daniel S. Mellies, 32, Scranton, had been arrested following
a one-vehicle accident in rural Scranton early in the morning
of June 10. Jennifer L. Beck, 24, of Burlingame, died from injuries
received in the accident.
Mellies entered a plea of no contest to the felony charge April
6 in Osage County District Court, and was found guilty by District
Judge Phillip Fromme.
Beck was a passenger in the 1999 GMC Sierra pickup driven by
Mellies. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported Mellies was southbound
on Scranton Road, four miles south of Scranton, when he drove
straight through a T-intersection, hitting an embankment head
KHP reported there was no stop sign at the intersection, and
neither occupant was wearing a seat belt. Beck and Mellies were
transported from the scene by air ambulance and Beck died later
Osage County Attorney Brandon Jones said Mellies had an alcohol
concentration of .19, over the legal limit for driving a vehicle.
Jones said Mellies faces a possible sentence of 41 months of
incarceration. Sentencing has been set for 1 p.m. May 17.