BAKER CITY:  Mankins sentenced to 34 months

BAKER CITY: Mankins sentenced to 34 months

On August 9, 2019, Peter Lee Mankins (dob 10/05/85) of 1905 Birch St. Baker City, Oregon, was sentenced to 34 months in prison. Mankins pleaded guilty to Criminally Negligent Homicide a Class B Felony, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine a Class A Misdemeanor, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person also a Class A Misdemeanor. One count of Manslaughter in the Second Degree and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor were dismissed as part of a plea agreement with the District Attorney’s Office. Mankins received the prison sentence based on the Criminally Negligent Homicide conviction. The Negligent Homicide conviction stems from a November 4, 2018 incident in which Mr. Mankin’s two- year old son, Liam Mankins, got control of a handgun and shot himself in the head. Mankins was asleep in his bedroom when the child accessed the handgun and was playing with it on the floor when it discharged. Liam was transported to Saint Alphonsus hospital in Baker City and was Life flighted to Saint Alphonsus hospital in Boise, Idaho where he later died. The Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine charge stemmed from methamphetamine being found in the home. The Recklessly Endangering Another Person charges stemmed from methamphetamine in the home is readily accessible to the child. Mr. Mankins tested positive for methamphetamine at the time of the offenses based on toxicology reports.
“We felt strongly that Mr. Mankins’s needed to be accountable and serve prison time. It was also important that he receive drug treatment in prison. The fact that he took responsibility for negligently causing the death of his son was also a factor in allowing him to plead guilty to the Criminally Negligent Homicide charge and not face a longer prison sentence.”
Once Mr. Mankins is released from prison he will be on three-year post-prison supervision and will be required to continue drug treatment.