CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Charleston man was sentenced Friday to a year in jail for being the driver in a drunken-driving crash that left his friend and classmate dead.
In February, Keith Joshua Jackson, 19, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence resulting in death, a misdemeanor.
Jackson was driving a 2002 Chrysler Sebring on Oakhurst Drive when it slammed into a rock wall before crossing the road and landing in Davis Creek. The wreck happened in June 2009, not long after he and friend William Albert "Willy" Shuman had graduated from George Washington High School.
Shuman, 19, who was riding in the front seat, was killed in the wreck. Greg P. Jones, 18, of Charleston, was in the back seat, and walked away from the crash.
Shuman was headed to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he planned to join the tennis team.
During the hearing, Shuman's mother, Jane, said she was upset that, within weeks of her son's death, Jackson posted pictures on Facebook of himself partying.
Jackson's grandfather said Shuman was special to their family also, and they mourn his loss, but he also feels that his grandson is special.
Kanawha Circuit Judge Jim Stucky sentenced Jackson to a year in jail, the maximum sentence available for the misdemeanor charge. Stucky had postponed Jackson's sentencing so it would not interfere with his final exams at West Virginia University.
The wreck happened around 3:30 a.m. on June 20, just outside Charleston's city limits. The car flipped a few times and sustained heavy damage, police said at the time.
Jackson was remanded into custody and taken to the South Central Regional Jail, where he will serve the rest of his sentence.
After the hearing, with television cameras on, Shuman's mother and Jackson's grandfather embraced in the hallway.
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