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Ritchie County man gets a year in prison for manslaughter

Dillon Seth Bishop

HARRISVILLE — A Ritchie County man was sentenced to one year of prison for involuntary manslaughter after a 2019 car accident that killed a man.

Benjamin Webb was killed in July 2019 after Dillon Seth Bishop, 22, lost control of his vehicle and hit Webb head on, according to Ritchie County Sheriff Terry Snodgrass.

Bishop was indicted by a Ritchie County Grand Jury in October 2019 on an involuntary manslaughter charge and appeared in Ritchie County Circuit Court last week.

On July 31, 2019, Bishop was traveling southbound on Route 16 near Harrisville when he lost control while trying to take a slight left curve in the road, Snodgrass said. Webb was traveling north when Bishop drove left of center and struck him head on; Webb was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Snodgrass.

“He crossed the northbound (lane and) went over an embankment. (The vehicle) came to rest on its side in a ravine,” Snodgrass said.

It was never determined what caused Bishop to lose control of the vehicle and Snodgrass said due to a glitch, it couldn’t be determined whether or not Bishop was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Bishop was sentenced to one year in prison for the involuntary manslaughter charge; he was also sentenced for two counts of possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to six months of jail for each possession charge, to be served consecutively.

Bishop remains at North Central Regional Jail.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

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