Drunken Boater Avoids Prison in Manslaughter Case
According to Fox News, an investment executive responsible for a drunken boating accident that killed another man near the Statue of Liberty will receive probation and be responsible for community service.
About the Statue of Liberty Boating Accident
- New Jersey investment executive Richard Aquilone was boating near the Statue of Liberty when with his wife and three kids when his 30 foot power boat collided with a 17 foot boat that was anchored.
- The power boat split the smaller boat in half, killing Jijo Puthuvamkunnath less than two months shy of his wedding date and injuring the other passenger.
It was determined that Aquilone was intoxicated at the time of the accident, with a blood alcohol level of .06.
- While below the legal limit, it was considered substantial enough to carry a charge in the boating accident.
- Aquilone was charged with negligent homicide and vehicular manslaughter as a result of the accident.
Drunken Boater Takes Plea Deal
- Though Aquilone could have face up to 7 years in prison for his charges, he will instead be sentenced to 250 hours of community service and five years of probation this coming November after taking a plea deal Tuesday.
- The Manhattan Assistant District Attorney claimed this was due to the case being fraught with both legal issues and factual concerns.
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