Defendant sentenced to six years for manslaughter, drug charge

John Richmeier
The Leavenworth Times
Josiah Coleman

A Leavenworth County man was sentenced to more than six years in prison for manslaughter and a drug charge, according to a prosecution official.

Josiah Coleman, 23, was sentenced Wednesday for charges of involuntary manslaughter and possession of methamphetamine.

The charges stemmed from a Feb. 18 crash that resulted in the death of Donna Gay Osborne.

The crash occurred in the area of 147th Street and Fairmount Road.

Coleman reportedly failed to stop at a stop sign. He reportedly was driving more than 90 mph in a 40 mph zone at the time, according to County Attorney Todd Thompson.

Coleman's vehicle struck a car driven by Osborne, who was traveling with her 6-month-old grandson.

Osborne later was pronounced dead. The baby suffered only minor injuries in the crash.

Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found in Coleman's vehicle, according to Thompson.

"This was a tragedy," Thompson said in a news release. "The only blessing was the child was unharmed. Drugs harm more than just the person using them, and in this case it has devastated a family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them."

Coleman was sentenced Wednesday to six years and five months in prison.

According to Thompson, Coleman could face revocation of probation in Johnson County for an earlier aggravated assault conviction.