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Coffeyville man sentenced to life in prison for drive-by shooting

INDEPENDENCE, Kan. – Montgomery County Judge sentences a Coffeyville man to life in prison for his role in a drive-by shooting.

Judge F. William Cullins sentenced Benjamin Job Mason II, 20, to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years. Cullins charged Mason with first-degree murder.

The crime happened in 2019, however, the sentencing occurred today.

According to court documents, Mason pleaded no contest to the charges on December 20, 2021, for his role in the 2019 shooting death of Kimberly Meeks in Independence.

2021 plea deal

As part of his plea deal in a Montgomery County court, a judge will sentence Mason in February for first-degree murder only. Prosecutors dropped all other charges, including an attempted murder charge.

2019 crime

The drive-by shooting happened on December 14, 2019, in Independence, Kansas. Around 6:00 pm, police responded to the area of Laurel and West Main Streets for reported gunshots. When officers got there, they found Kimberly D. Meeks, 19, of Coffeyville, with a gunshot wound. She died at the scene.

Authorities learned that Meeks and another male, Benjamin Ryan Whitaker, were walking in the area when shots were fired at them from a vehicle, according to court documents. Police say Whitaker ran from the area.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigations says police arrested Benjamin Mason II at his home in Coffeyville. Authorities booked Mason into the Montgomery County Jail.

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