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Inmate dies while awaiting trial


Joseph Richard Hanna

An inmate at the Kent County Correctional Center who was facing homicide charges for a fatal crash earlier this year has died.

According to the Kent County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy was doing a routine check at approximately 10 p.m. Friday, November 30, and found that inmate Joseph Richard Hanna, 40, of Sparta, was found in medical distress due to an apparent suicide attempt. 

“Despite life saving measures by both correctional and medical staff, Joseph Richard Hanna died at approximately 10:41 p.m.,” said Sgt. Joel Roon.

Hanna had been incarcerated at the Kent County Correctional Facility since May 16, 2018 and was in pretrial status on charges of Homicide–Murder 2nd Degree, OWI Causing Death, Reckless Driving Causing Death and Habitual Offender 2nd offense. 

The charges stemmed from a January 4, 2018 crash, in which Hanna tried to pass another vehicle on 14 Mile Rd, west of Wabasis and collided with it. The other vehicle was driven by Jerry Kinsey, 48, of Sand Lake. The collision resulted in both vehicles losing control and Kinsey’s vehicle spinning into the westbound lane, where it was struck by a van driven by Gail Gansmiller, 48, of Sheridan. The passenger in Kinsey’s vehicle, his 20-year-old son, Joel Kinsey, of Sand Lake, was killed, and Jerry Kinsey was transported to Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids in critical condition, where he died two weeks later.

Hanna and Gansmiller were treated for minor injuries. 

Joel Kinsey was a 2016 graduate of Tri-County High School and was serving as a LCpl in the U.S. Marines at the time of the crash.

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