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Man from Joplin charged with first-degree manslaughter

Charges connected with 2021 fatal crash

Anthony Hendricks of Joplin is in custody in Ottawa, County, Okla. on three counts of first-degree manslaughter.

The charges spring from a 2021 single-vehicle accident that killed one adult and two children.

Hendricks was driving the vehicle.

29-year-old Terry Wilkins, 7-year-old Eden Melton and 5-year-old Raylan Brown of Joplin died in the accident.

Court documents say, Hendricks caused the death of three people while under the influence of marijuana and while driving at a speed greater than is “reasonable, prudent and proper.”

Those documents indicate that the crime is punishable by not less than 4 years in prison.

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