Kansas man sentenced in bicyclist’s death

Gavel (KSN News)

MANHATTAN, Kansas (AP) – A northeast Kansas man accused of causing the 2014 death of a Manhattan bicyclist has been sentenced to 44 days in jail.

The Manhattan Mercury reports 33-year-old Derik Kesler of Rossville was sentenced Monday in the death of 49-year-old Mark Jilka, who died after he was hit by a pickup in June 2014 south of Manhattan.

Kesler said he was typing a location into his phone’s GPS when the incident occurred. Kesler previously pleaded no contest earlier to one count of vehicular homicide.

He was granted parole for one year and will serve 22 weekends in jail, which also could be served as 44 days in succession.

Court officials said he also was fined $2,500 and will be able to drive only to and from work during that period.

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