Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

March 6, 2013

Lowmansville man charged with manslaughter in N.D.

Staff report

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — A Kentucky National Guardsman from Lawrence County, Ky., has pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with a crash that killed two passengers and injured a third.

The single vehicle accident happened in Devils Lake, North Dakota, in September.

Christopher Brandt, 23, of Lowmansville, Ky., is charged with two counts of manslaughter and one count of reckless endangerment. He entered the not guilty pleas during a hearing Monday.

Authorities say Brandt was driving drunk at a high speed when he lost control of his car and hit a tree.

The crash killed Ronald Forsyth, 31, of Owneton, Ky. and Jason Burnette, 23, of Manchester, Ky.

Brandt and David Duncan, 23, of Hueyville, Ky. were injured.

All four were Kentucky guardsmen in training at Camp Grafton, near Devils Lake.

Brandt faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.