A Wood River man was sentenced to 18 months probation. This is after he served 120 days in jail for charges relating to a boating accident. The boating accident killed two teens on Sherman Reservoir on July 3, 2011. Brian Packer, of Wood River, 41, was sentenced for boating under the influence. The problem is that the charges of manslaughter have been dropped.
Sherman County Attorney Mark Eurek said Judge Karin Noakes sentenced Packer to probation for 18 months. Packer has to obey the usual stipulations such as staying away from drugs and alcohol. Packer will have to live with possibilities of random drug testing. He will also not be able to drive a boat for at least six months. Packer will serve his time in jail in two separate occasions. Packer will have to spend 60 days in jail in October 2013. He will then serve 60 days in April 2014. Eurek said he didn’t know the significance of Packer serving on these dates.
He had admitted to drinking before operating a pontoon boat July 3. His boat collided with brothers Joshua Rowley, 12, and Matthew McAlexander, 19, of North Carolina. Joshua and Matthew were being pulled on tubes by a speed boat.
Prosecutors say Packer had a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit at the time of the crash.
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