AG Hawley Announces Henry County Conviction

Oct 13, 2017, 13:12 PM
Oct 13, 2017, 13:11 PM

Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Joshua Hawley announced that a Henry County jury has found Wesley Michael Hays, 30, of Pleasanton, Kansas, guilty of involuntary manslaughter, assault in the second degree, and failing to keep right on a roadway for causing a crash that killed Bates County Commissioner Larry Berry in 2014.

The jury heard evidence that Hays admitted to drinking ten alcoholic drinks before getting behind the wheel of his GMC Sierra. Hays crossed the center line of Route A just outside Hume, MO, and drove his truck onto the driver’s side of Berry’s Ford Taurus, killing Berry and injuring his 20-year-old son Bobby. The jury took less than two hours to find Hays guilty of all three counts. The morning of the trial, Hays also pled guilty to possessing marijuana at the time of the crash.

“Our office will prosecute those who harm the innocent,” Hawley said. “Mr. Hays’ actions were indefensible. I hope the family of the victims can find some solace in this conviction.”

The case was tried in Henry County on a change of venue from Bates County. Henry County Circuit Judge James Journey has set Hays’ sentencing for December 7, 2017 at 9 a.m. in Henry County. Hays faces up to life plus 17 years in prison. Assistant Attorney General Katharine Dolin tried the case.


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