A Leavenworth County jury convicted a Basehor, Kansas man of involuntary manslaughter in the death of two relatives the night before participating in a wedding.
William Mathew Wilson, 22, was found guilty of one count involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of Jesse Aldrich and Justin Wilson. The jury trial started Monday and ended Tuesday afternoon.
Justin Wilson, 34, and Aldrich, 29, were passengers in a Chevy S10 pickup that left the roadway about 5 a.m. June 13, 2015 and struck a tree on County Road 1 near the Kansas River bridge.
William Wilson was the driver.
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All three were slated to be groomsmen in a wedding later that Saturday at Holy-Field Vineyard and Winery in Basehor.
The wedding was postponed due to the tragedy, authorities said.
William Wilson was the brother of the groom and also related to the victims.
Sentencing for Wilson is set for July 21.
County Attorney Todd Thompson said the case “was a horrible tragedy all the way around.”
“This is devastating to a family,” Thompson said in a statement. “Events like weddings generally involve alcohol, but everyone must be remember to be responsible. I hate this has to be another example of the importance of a designated driver, cab, Uber, and the use of seatbelts.”