CLAY COUNTY — Jacob D. Mustoe, charged with voluntary manslaughter after the June 2017 death of his friend Jake Wehmeyer, was sentenced Thursday, Feb. 13, in Clay County Circuit Court to 15 years in prison.

Mustoe, 17 at the time of the incident, was charged with the felony after admitting to police that he ingested hallucinogenic mushrooms before driving a vehicle into Wehmeyer, 17, and Wehmeyer’s home after an argument and then leaving Wehmeyer unresponsive under the vehicle.

Mustoe initially pleaded not guilty, but changed his plea to guilty. The range of prison time for involuntary manslaughter is five to 15 years in prison, meaning Mustoe received the maximum sentence allowed.

From the bench Thursday, Clay County Circuit Court Judge Shane Alexander deliberated and said his decision “must reflect the seriousness of the offense.”

More details on the case and bench trial will be published in a coming edition of the Courier-Tribune.

Southeast Editor Kellie Houx can be reached at kellie.houx@mycouriertribune.com or 389-6630.

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