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No jail for boater in crash near Liberty Island

October 1, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A boater who admitted he drunkenly got into a deadly crash near the Statue of Liberty won't be going to jail under a plea agreement.

Richard Aquilone of Jersey City, N.J., pleaded guilty Tuesday to criminally negligent homicide and other charges. He's due to be sentenced Nov. 12 to five years' probation and 250 hours of community service.

Aquilone admitted his blood-alcohol level was at or above the legal driving limit when his 30-foot boat plowed into an anchored vessel on July 2, 2010.

Thirty-year-old Jijo Puthuvamkunnath (JEE'-joh poo-too-VAHM'-koo-nahth) was killed.

The Manhattan district attorney's office says the victim's family wanted the case revolved. Prosecutors note Aquilone admitted to the top charges against him.

Defense lawyer Marc Agnifilo says it lets Aquilone put a "legal odyssey" behind him.



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