Jonas Jackson Keys IV, of Klickitat, was found guilty on Feb. 22 of two counts of vehicular homicide and two counts of reckless endangerment for his part in a single-car collision on Feb. 14, 2010. The wreck killed Klickitat teenagers Dylon Earl Johnson and William Alan Blake, both 16.
The boys were passengers in a car driven by Ronald Prominski.
The judge found that all of the facts taken in context -- the time of night, the wet road conditions, the continuing car-games that Keys and others had been playing that night, and Keys' thwarting of Prominski's first attempted pass -- proved that Keys was driving with disregard for the safety of others and that his driving was one of the direct causes of the crash, which killed Johnson and Blake.
Keys was also found guilty of reckless endangerment for creating a substantial risk of serious injury or death for the passenger in his car and for the surviving passenger in the car driven by Prominski.
The state's case was developed through close collaboration between the Klickitat County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, the Washington State Patrol, and the Klickitat County Sheriff's Office.
Both law enforcement agencies participated in the investigation. WSP Trooper Marc Boardman and KCSO Sgt. Joe Riggers provided trial support and evidence, including Trooper Boardman's accident reconstruction testimony and exhibits.
"This was a difficult case that continues to have rippling effects throughout our community," said Prosecuting Attorney Lori Lynn Hoctor. "It will remain an example of how a few poor choices can destroy so many lives. This was the first felony trial for my administration and I am proud of the result."
Sentencing is scheduled for March 7.