A 22-year-old Doane College football player was sentenced to 12 months of probation for misdemeanor vehicular homicide in the death of a friend who'd fallen from the back of a truck in Southeast Nebraska.
Cody Barnes of Smithfield was originally charged with felony manslaughter, but after further investigation prosecutors discovered Barnes had stopped the pickup and told Fanning to sit down. He then got back in the truck and drove off, and Fanning stood up again. Barnes pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor.
Authorities say 20-year-old Cody Fanning and some other friends were riding in truck bed early on April 25 in Crete when Barnes turned. Fanning fell out and struck his head on the street. He died
at a hospital.
The accident occurred near Doane College, where Barnes and Fanning were both students.