Man Convicted in Accident That Killed Co-Ed Fails to Show for Sentencing

By: Brian Gregory Email
By: Brian Gregory Email

Knoxville (WVLT) A warrant has been issued for Jason Stanke, the man charged with leaving the scene of an accident that killed a college student last year.

Stanke, 28 was found guilty in May in connection with last September's death of 20-year-old Morgan McCarty.

Today, Stanke was set to be sentenced, but he didn't show up for court.

His attorney, Bill Talman says he does not know where his client is, "He was supposed to be here today, it's just a formality, it's pretty much just sentencing, he's essentially served the sentence, so there's not much more the court can do to him, other than just sentence him."

"At this stage, by not showing up, they can pick him up and hold him in jail, process him and he could actually get a few more months, simply by going through the legal process."

Stanke faces a maximum sentence of two years as well as probation, when he goes back before the judge.

He was expected to be sentenced to time served at his court appearance today.

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