A lengthy prison term is mandated in a plea agreement resolving what the Department of Public Safety (DPS) called an alcohol-involved traffic fatality in the northwest Arizona community of Fort Mohave. Both vehicles caught fire following the February, 2016 head-on collision on Highway 95.
DPS said Joseph Frederick, 57, Bullhead City, was fatally injured when his vehicle was struck by another that crossed into his lane of traffic. The alleged at-fault driver of the other vehicle, Shane Richardons, 27, Bullhead City, was also injured and hospitalized.
Richardson pled guilty to manslaughter during an April 12 hearing in Kingman. Terms of the plea agreement require Mohave County Superior Court Judge Steve Conn to impose a 15-year prison term at a June 5 sentencing hearing.