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Guilty plea in Okoboji boat fatality

Monday, November 27, 2006

A South Dakota man pleaded guilty Monday to a charge filed after a deadly boating accident on West Lake Okoboji last year.

Justin Nearman, 31, of Sioux Falls, S.D., pleaded guilty to operating a boat while intoxicated resulting in the death of another person. He faces up to 25 years in prison when he's sentenced on Jan. 4.

In exchange for the plea, prosecutors agreed to drop charges of operating a boat while intoxicated resulting in serious injury to another person and failing to offer assistance.

Nearman was operating a boat on West Lake Okoboji at about 2 a.m. on Aug. 12, 2005, when the boat rammed the rear of another boat carrying Michael Brosnahan, his wife Jill and four others, then vaulted over the boat and sped away.

Brosnahan, 51, a Perry dentist, was killed in the crash. His wife was seriously injured. Nearman was arrested 11 days later.

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