Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 10, 2014

Mercer man sentenced to two years after DUI with death plea

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — A Mercer County man who pleaded guilty this week to DUI with death has been sentenced to two years — six months in prison and 18 months on home confinement — by the court, according to the Mercer County prosecutor’s office.

Kester E. Lane III, 29, of Bramwell, appeared at a disposition hearing this week before Mercer County Circuit Court Judge Derek Swope, and pleaded guilty to DUI with death, according to Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ash.

Lane was indicted in connection with the Jan. 1, 2013 death of Michael Manns, 50, of Bluefield. According to testimony in Lane’s preliminary hearing, Patrolman M.L. Ramsey of the Bluefield Police Department testified that Lane’s blood-alcohol level was 2.0 with .08 being the legal limit. Ash noted that both Lane and Manns had a blood-alcohol level above the legal level.

According to Ash, Lane pleaded guilty to DUI with death. The court sentenced Lane to 6 months in prison and 18 months on home confinement. The hearing was initially scheduled on Tuesday, but was continued until Wednesday, according to court records.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Janet Williamson represented the state at the hearing and Mark Wills represented the defendant.

Ash said that Lane’s driver’s license “will be suspended.”

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