Judge sentences truck driver to probation for deadly crash in Webster County

MARSHFIELD, Mo. -- A Webster County judge sentenced a truck driver from Mountain Grove, Mo. to five years probation for a crash killing a couple.

Adam Housley

Adam Housley will also be required to complete 500 hours of community service and continue his mental health treatment.

Housley pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the deaths. Prosecutors originally filed murder charges against Housley for the crash in January of 2017.

Leo Walker and his fiance' Tisha Briggs died in the crash. Investigators say Housley slammed into the back of Walker's pickup, killing him and Briggs. They say he never hit the brakes. Witnesses say he also ran a red light just before and was on his cell phone. Investigators say he also made statements to officers like "God made me do it."

In a letter sent to victims' family members, Webster County Prosecutor Ben Berkstresser explained he lacked evidence to support a murder charge, specifically because Housley's truck didn't have a collision avoidance system. A state mental health expert originally found Housely incompetent to stand trial. But after treatment, he pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter last month.