Leavenworth man sentenced in shooting death of friend - KCTV5 News

Leavenworth man sentenced in shooting death of friend

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A Leavenworth man was sentenced Friday in the accidental shooting death of his friend.

Emotional outbursts and obvious anger were evident in the courtroom during the sentencing. At times the family of 30-year-old Dick Mathis couldn't control their feelings as Mathis' friend Justin Driscoll was sentenced for the shooting death of Mathis last summer.

Driscoll, Mathis and two friends were drunk and driving around talking about women who cheat and what they would do to them. Driscoll, who was driving, pulled out a gun to hand it to Mathis and it went off, shooting Mathis in the face.

Driscoll pleaded no contest for the accidental shooting in November. Mathis' family is not convinced.

"Do you think this was an accident?" asked KCTV5's Jeanene Kiesling.

"To be honest with you, I battle with that all the time because I don't want to hate Justin, but he did take my brother," Dixie Mathis said.

Driscoll apologized in court and vowed never to drink again. He was sentenced to prison to just more than three years, the maximum allowed by law.

For Mathis' family, they say it's not nearly enough.

"I think it's a disgrace. You get more time for doing drugs then you do for shooting someone in this country," Dixie Mathis said.

With credit for time served and good behavior, Driscoll could be out in just more than two years.

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