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Man sentenced to prison for vehicular manslaughter in Ukiah

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UKIAH, Calif. - A Willits man was sentenced to over 11 years in state prison for committing vehicular manslaughter in Ukiah, according to the Mendocino County District Attorney's office. Justin Everett Phillips, 20, of Willits, was given the sentence of 140 months in prison Friday morning by the Mendocino County Superior Court.

The DA said Phillips was convicted by jury in late August of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, leaving the scene of an accident where serious bodily injury has been inflicted, engaging in a speed contest causing serious bodily injury, reckless driving causing bodily injury and resisting arrest. These crimes were committed in December of 2015, according to the DA's office.

Authorities also said Phillips was convicted in September of by plea of recklessly evading a peace officer, which is a felony. This crime was committed in November of 2016, according to the DA.

The law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation of the crimes underlying the convictions mentioned above were: The California Highway Patrol, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, the California Department of Justice crime in laboratories in Eureka and Redding and the District Attorney's own investigators.

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