The Sun-Sentinel reports Marcella Hewett, 52, pleaded no contest to charges of manslaughter while boating under the influence of alcohol and tampering with evidence. For this, she will serve seven years in prison. Prosecutors later said the fact that she had no prior criminal record likely meant the most she would serve if convicted at trial was between 10 and 13 years.
Her defense lawyers apparently believed the evidence was strong enough to instead opt for negotiation of a plea bargain. Continue reading