Leavenworth man sentenced in accidental shooting death

01/31/2014 3:35 PM

01/31/2014 3:35 PM

A Leavenworth man was sentenced Friday to 38 months in prison for accidentally killing a friend during an early morning swimming trip.

Justin Driscoll, 27, pleaded no contest in November to involuntary manslaughter for shooting Dick Mathis, 30, in the face.

Driscoll told officers that while driving to a park he tried to hand a gun to Mathis, not realizing the gun was loaded. Then gun discharged.

“I didn’t know the clip had been put back in the gun,” Driscoll told investigators, according to the Leavenworth County Attorney’s Office.

Driscoll immediately drove to a hospital, where Mathis was pronounced dead.

Mark Morris, mmorris@kcstar.com

Videos

Join the discussion

is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service