Hit and Run Driver Sentenced to Over 11 Years

Press release from the Mendocino District Attorney’s Office:

Justin PhillipsJustin Everett Phillips, age 20, of Willits, was sentenced this morning in the Mendocino County Superior Court to 140 months in state prison.

Phillips was convicted by jury in late August of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, leaving the scene of an accident where serious bodily injury has been inflicted, engaging in a speed contest causing serious bodily injury, reckless driving causing bodily injury, and resisting arrest. These crimes were committed in December 2015.

Phillips was then also convicted last month by plea of recklessly evading a peace officer, a felony. This crime was committed in November 2016.

The trial attorney who has been handling these matters and who also appeared to argue the DA’s position at today’s sentencing hearing was Asst. DA Rick Welsh. The law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation of the crimes underlying the convictions mentioned above were the California Highway Patrol, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, the California Department of Justice crime laboratories in Eureka and Redding, and the District Attorney’s own investigators.

The Anderson Valley Advertiser has more on the story.

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