Man Gets Prison Term For Causing Fatal Missouri Crash

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — A man who drove 115 mph and used marijuana before a deadly suburban Kansas City crash has been sentenced to two and a half years in Missouri prison.

Julian Melissinas of Blue Springs apologized to the victim’s family during his sentencing Thursday in Jackson County. That’s where the 21-year-old pleaded guilty in June to an involuntary manslaughter count related to 19-year-old Clint Jacoby Reno’s death in May of last year.

Several relatives of Reno were dismayed by the sentence being half of the punishment prosecutors sought. The charge is punishable by up to seven years in prison.

Police calculate Melissinas was going about 115 mph, with Reno as a passenger, when the vehicle went airborne, traveled through a field and struck a tree.