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Man Admits Guilt In Fatal Boat Accident


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11/17/2008
Brent Adams
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A 52-year-old man from Carney, Maryland has pleaded guilty to negligent manslaughter in the Circuit Court of Baltimore County, Maryland for a 2007 boating accident which left a man from Ellicott City, Maryland dead from the personal injuries he sustained, according to Maryland Natural Resources Police.

According to court documents, William Spittel received a jail sentence of six months and a fine of $2.50 after entering a plea of guilty to one count of negligent manslaughter by vessel.

Natural Resources Police say that shortly before 1 a.m. on the morning of August 4, Spittel was operating a 24-foot motorboat with two passengers aboard when it struck a channel marker in the Pleasure Island Cut, a small inlet near where the Back River and Chesapeake Bay meet. Police say the impact ejected all three men from the boat.

Police say that divers discovered the body of 33-year-old Michael Schott approximately 90 minutes after the crash. Spittel and the other man were rescued.

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