Man sentenced for role in fatality
A judge last week ordered jail time for the Basehor man whose vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian last year outside a fraternity and sorority party at Teepee Junction just north of Lawrence.
Douglas County District Judge Michael Malone sentenced 21-year-old Joseph J. Bell of Basehor to two years in the Douglas County Jail: one year for leaving the scene of an accident and one year for vehicular homicide. But it's unlikely he'll serve that much time. Malone said he soon would review Bell's case again in and consider putting him on probation.
Bell was driving a Chevrolet Suburban that struck and killed Devin Scott Emery on March 14, 2004. He entered a plea earlier this year.
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said his office recommended going into the sentencing that Bell serve three weekends in jail and complete 100 hours of community service, speaking to students about the ramifications of drinking and driving.
Branson said there were indications Bell had been drinking that night, but there were no conclusive blood and alcohol tests.
Law enforcement officers said at the time of the wreck that the driver of the Suburban left the scene and returned later.