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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Driscoll to enter plea

  • A Leavenworth man who's facing a manslaughter charge for a July 13 fatal shooting may enter into a plea deal with the prosecution.
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  • A Leavenworth man who's facing a manslaughter charge for a July 13 fatal shooting may enter into a plea deal with the prosecution.
    Justin M. Driscoll, 26, waived a preliminary hearing Friday in Leavenworth County District Court. And his court-appointed attorney, KiAnn McBratney, suggested there would be a plea agreement.
    "We're going to be working on a set of stipulated facts that will support the plea," McBratney said.
    The defense attorney did not provide details about the plea agreement.
    County Attorney Todd Thompson, who is prosecuting the case, later said he can't release details about a possible plea agreement.
    Arraignment in the case is scheduled for Nov. 8. Driscoll will be asked to enter a plea at that time.
    Driscoll is charged with involuntary manslaughter. The charge stems from the July 13 shooting of Dick Mathis, 30.
    Mathis was shot while he was a passenger in a pickup truck in Leavenworth, according to police.
    Mathis reportedly was shot in the chin by a bullet from a 9 mm handgun. Mathis, Driscoll and two other men reportedly had been traveling in the truck when the gun discharged.
    Authorities were called after Driscoll and another person brought Mathis to Saint Luke's Cushing Hospital.
    According to the criminal complaint filed against Mathis, the alleged crime involved reckless behavior.
    Driscoll also faces a felony theft charge in a 2012 case. A status hearing in this case also has been scheduled for Nov. 8.
    McBratney said the earlier case may be part of the plea agreement.
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