Man pleads guilty in boating death case

The man alleged to have been drunk while driving a boat involved in a boating accident that left his friend dead will serve two years in prison following a guilty plea this Wednesday.

The accident occurred June 27, 2009, near the Port Neal Industrial complex in rural Salix, Iowa, on the Missouri River.

As the men drifted along the river, the driver saw a large wave head. He stopped the boat to avoid the wave, but the abruptness of the action threw his friend overboard. The friend drowned.

The guilty plea was part of a plea deal to allow the driver to avoid additional charges beyond operating a boat while intoxicated causing death.

The drunk driving accident was an unfortunate and tragic accident, but the driver did not deserve prison time for it, the killed man’s mother said.


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