Princeton teen receives 9-year prison sentence in death of Saige Boswell

Prison Sentence

A sentencing hearing was held in Mercer County Circuit Court Wednesday for a Princeton teen who pled guilty in September to felony charges stemming from a motor vehicle accident that claimed the life of a Lineville resident.

Online court information shows 17-year-old Elijah Mandich was sentenced to the Department of Corrections for a term of five years on a first degree involuntary manslaughter charge and sentenced for a term of four years on a damage to jail property charge. The sentences are to run concurrently with Mandich given credit for jail time awaiting disposition of the charges.

Court information shows Mandich was ordered to pay restitution of $15,670 for the involuntary manslaughter charge and $450 for the other charge. He is also to pay $46 for each for the crime victims compensation fund.

A probable cause statement accused Mandich of driving a pickup truck south an excessive speed in the northbound lane of U. S. Highway 65 in a no passing zone north of Princeton October 8th, 2017 prior to an accident.  The Patrol reported 18-year-old Saige Boswell was pronounced dead at the scene.