A Basehor man has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter for the deaths of two people.

A Basehor man has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter for the deaths of two people.

A jury returned the guilty verdict Tuesday in the trial of William "Willie" Wilson, according to County Attorney Todd Thompson.

Wilson, 22, was convicted in Leavenworth County District Court of one count of involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence of alcohol.

Wilson was related to the two victims, Justin Wilson and Jesse Aldridge.

The charge stemmed from a crash that took place June 13, 2015, on 222nd Street near the Kansas River.

William Wilson drove a vehicle that veered off the road and struck a tree. The passengers, Justin Wilson and Aldrich, were ejected from the vehicle. They were pronounced dead at the scene, according to Thompson.

It is believed William Wilson and the two men had left a drinking establishment around 2 or 3 a.m. When the crash was reported around 5 a.m., William Wilson was found to have a blood-alcohol level of .09.

The legal limit in Kansas for people who are 21 and older is .08. The legal limit for a driver who is less than 21 years old is .02.

William Wilson was 20 years old at the time of the crash and under the legal drinking age.

William Wilson and the two victims were scheduled to serve as groomsmen later that day at a wedding in Basehor, according to Thompson.

The trial began Monday. The verdict came Tuesday, which was the second anniversary of the crash.

 

The case was prosecuted by Assistant County Attorneys Christopher Scott and Megan Williams. Wilson was represented by James Colgan.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 21. A "presumptive prison" sentence is called for under the state's sentencing guidelines.

“This was a horrible tragedy all the way around," Thompson said in a news release. "This is devastating to a family. Events like weddings generally involve alcohol, but everyone must be remember to be responsible."