Scranton 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 of alcohol.

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 on.

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 that morning.

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.