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Mena Resident Found Guilty of Negligent Homicide

A Howard County Circuit Court jury this week found a Mena resident guilty on charges that include Negligent Homicide. 
 
23-year-old Chance Austen Manasco was convicted Tuesday evening and sentenced to five years on the Negligent Homicide charge. 
 
Jurors also found him guilty on a felony count of First Degree Battery. 
 
He was sentenced to five years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections on the battery count.  The sentences will run consecutively.  
 
Manasco was charged in 2019, following a motor vehicle accident on Highway 84 near Umpire in northern Howard County. 
 
A passenger in Manasco's vehicle died from injuries received, while at least one other passenger sustained serious injuries. 
 
According to the Arkansas State Police, Manasco's blood alcohol level was above the legal limit at the time of the wreck. 
 
During Tuesday's deliberation process, jurors took nearly two hours to find Manasco guilty and deliberated another 25 minutes on the sentencing phase. 
 
He is being detained in the Howard County Jail in Nashville awaiting transfer to the state prison system.
 
11-17-21 6:15 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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