Prison time given in fatal pedestrian crash in Galena
Colon sentenced for involuntary manslaughter
CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kan. — A judge sentenced Shelby Colon, of Galena, Kan., to more than 7 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter and drug charges stemming from two separate cases.
Two pedestrians were killed by a car on July 6th, 2017 in Galena, Kansas. It happened at 18th and Main Streets a little after 7:00 a.m.
Investigators say Charles Burkybile, Jr., 66, and Glen Roosa, 86, were walking just off the road on the east side when a car driving south swerved across the road and hit them. Burkybile died at the scene and Roosa later died at the hospital.
The two men were well known in Galena and regularly took morning walks.
Authorities investigated and discovered the driver was Shelby Colon, who did stop at the scene. Officials issued a warrant for her arrest on two counts of involuntary manslaughter. Joplin police arrested Colon on October 31st, 2017.
In February of 2018, she plead guilty to the involuntary manslaughter charges.
A month later, she was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.
On January 7th, 2019, a judge sentenced Colon on all three charges.
She received 47 months on count one of involuntary manslaughter and 41 months on count two of involuntary manslaughter. Those sentences will run concurrently (at the same time) and she will serve the longest time.
Colon received 41 months for the drug charge. That sentence will begin after the 47 months for involuntary manslaughter.
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