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KU law graduate guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Missouri, sentenced to 120 days in prison

June 6, 2013

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A 26-year-old recent graduate of Kansas University's law school has been sentenced to 120 days in prison after being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in connection with a fatal crash last year near downtown Kansas City, Mo.

Robert J.K. Domsch II, of Shawnee, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday in Jackson County District Court, accused of driving the wrong way on I-670 just after 1 a.m. near I-670 and Broadway on April 28, 2012, and crashing into another vehicle driven by Marco G. Vendetti, 28, of Kansas City, Mo., who died at the scene.

Domsch suffered a broken leg and pelvis. According to a probable cause statement, a detective obtained a warrant for a toxicology blood sample taken at 4:40 a.m. April 28. It showed Domsch had a blood-alcohol content of .242 nearly four hours after the crash. The legal limit to drive in Missouri is .08.

Domsch, who is in custody in Jackson County, was sentenced to 120 days in prison as part of a probation program that includes an in-custody alcohol treatment program, according to Jackson County prosecutors. He will also be required to abide by probation conditions, including refraining from consuming alcohol, attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and community service. After the 120 days in prison, prosecutors will ask that Domsch be placed on probation for five years.

Domsch graduated in May with degrees in law and business administration, according to Kansas University publications.

Comments

Bob Forer 1 year, 1 month ago

,242 four hours after the accident!!!! That is over three times the legal limit, and I surmise the BAC was even higher than that at the time of the accident. He was, to say the least, smashed. Incredibly irresponsible, and sadly, his stupidity claimed the young life of an innocent person.

120 days just doesn't seem like nearly enough time.

I wonder if he had been a working stiff he would have fared as well.

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Keith 1 year, 1 month ago

What good is that law degree now?

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Deb Engstrom 1 year, 1 month ago

His career is not necessarily over. He can have this expunged 3 years after he completes his sentence including probation and it does not show up on his record.

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Bob Forer 1 year, 1 month ago

Even though it is expunged--and expungement is discretionary with the court--he still has to list it on his bar application. Moreover, since the conviction did not involve theft or dishonesty, and since the killing was not intentional, I think there is still a pretty good chance his bar application will be approved.

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skinny 1 year, 1 month ago

He should've at least got 8 - 10 years in prison! Crazy!

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Paul Geisler 1 year, 1 month ago

I agree that 120 days in jail seems pretty weak for his careless disregard for another's life but I'm not sure what the solution is for that because I also believe in giving people a second chance to do good with their lives. However, what is often overlooked in regard to such short jail/prison sentences is the likelihood of him serving a much longer prison sentence if he violates any of the restrictions imposed during his 5 years of probation. If he violates ANY of those conditions a judge can impose a prison sentence instead of continuing his probation.

And if he was that drunk and still chose to drive he may very well have some serious drinking issues, in which case his chances of avoiding all alcohol for the next 5 years seems pretty slim. I wish him the very best in that regard and hope he can turn his life around, but no matter what he does, for the rest of his life he will have to live with the fact that he took away another person's life, a parent's child, etc.

" He will also be required to abide by probation conditions, including refraining from consuming alcohol, attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and community service. After the 120 days in prison, prosecutors will ask that Domsch be placed on probation for five years."

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theoljhawk 1 year, 1 month ago

What a crock! Life is cheap!!!!!!

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Maracas 1 year, 1 month ago

And the guy who smacked a motorist and stole his glasses is facing 55 months to 20 years? America! It's wonderful!

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smileydog 1 year, 1 month ago

He's a recent law grad so he is afforded protection by the exclusive lawyer's club. They always protect their own kind.

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AKAlicious 1 year, 1 month ago

I hadn't heard of this event until now. As a fellow May graduate of KU Law I am incredibly ashamed of my classmate. It's occurrences like this that give a bad name to the legal profession. Please readers, don't let this case and the sentence color your opinion of all law students and lawyers. I know the majority of my classmates to be honorable people worthy of the title "counselor."

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Bob Forer 1 year, 1 month ago

Sorry, but the legal profession already had a bad name.

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Curveball 1 year, 1 month ago

You got that right, Smileydog. They call it a Professional Courtesy.

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