Man Gets 7 Years in Bicyclist’s Death

thumb_84aae999eb5bb19SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Springfield man is sentenced to seven years in prison for involuntary manslaughter.

Twenty-four-year-old Blake Basten pleaded guilty for chasing his girlfriend down Kimbrough Avenue last November resulting in the death of 23-year-old Zachary Gibson.

Basten was chasing 32-year-old Shannon Smith who hit Gibson riding his bicycle at Kimbrough and Bear Boulevard. Smith says she was scared for her life and that her boyfriend was going to catch her and shoot her. She told investigators that she was speeding around 85 miles per hour and was hoping a police officer would pull her over.

She abandoned her car at a friend’s house in south Springfield; she was arrested in Buffalo a few days later. She pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and will appear in court on December 12.

Basten was arrested three days later after Gibson was killed as police chased him a stolen car that ended in a crash in west Springfield. He also pleads guilty to tampering with a stolen motor vehicle – a seven year sentence, property damage – a four year sentence, leaving the scene of an accident – a four year sentence, and resisting arrest – another four year sentence. He received a 10-year prison sentence for first-degree burglary before the hit-and-run incident last November. All prison terms run concurrently with one another.

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