Friend Colton Raines was at the controls of Shepherd's boat when they accidentally ran over Fujimoto, who was swimming. Shepherd took over the controls, returned to Fujimoto, then fled the scene and left Fujimoto for dead. Robert Cole Boyer was also in the boat that hit Fujimoto.
Huntsville resident Vaughn Anderson heard Fujimoto's cries for help and rowed out to assist her in his small boat. Anderson's testimony and a 22 minute recording of his 911 call were key elements of the trial.
The Standard offers more details:
Sentencing is set for Jan. 23 on the charges of reckless endangerment and obstruction of justice, both class A misdemeanors, and failure to render aid, a class B misdemeanor. Maximum sentence for a class A misdemeanor is a year in county jail; maximum sentence for a class B is six months.Further,
County Prosecutor Dean Saunders said more serious charges could have been filed if officers were able to take blood samples at the crime scene from Shepherd and Raines. According to testimony, Shepherd and Raines had been drinking that day and Raines had possibly been smoking marijuana.
The other two boaters will face trial in February.
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Wethinks he got a slap on the wrist. How about you?