Man Sentenced for Manslaughter

Wright County Prosecutor, John Tyrrell, is pleased to announce that Stacey Collins was sentenced on April 8 by Judge Craig Carter to eight years for involuntary manslaughter and five years for possession of controlled substance to be served consecutively in the Missouri Department of Corrections.  Probation was denied. 

Defendant Collins was charged and pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter for events occurring on July 23, 2020.  Collins was operating a motor vehicle southbound on Highway 5 north of Grovespring.  He had crossed the centerline and struck a vehicle being operated by Terry Calton.  Mr. Calton was transported to the hospital where he later died from his injuries. This case was investigated by Missouri Highway Patrol, Cpl. Piccinino.  During the sentencing hearing, Judge Carter heard the impact statements from Mr. Calton’s family, arguments from Prosecutor Tyrrell and the Defendant’s attorney before he sentenced the Defendant.

Prosecutor John Tyrrell states, “I want to thank Cpl. Piccinino for his investigation in this case.  Because of his investigation we were able to charge the most severe, readily provable crime.  Judge Carter listened to the family and the arguments before handing down the sentence, which I feel is a good result for this case.  This will be case I will not forget and I hope there is closure in this matter for the Calton family.  The Defendant will be serving time in prison for his actions that took the life a good man, Terry Calton.”