SC man guilty in boat crash that killed teen
May 19, 2010 6:14:00 AM - thestate.com
A South Carolina man has pleaded guilty to charges in a spree that led to the death of a teen in a boat crash on the Intracoastal Waterway.
Multiple media outlets reported that 29-year-old Nicholas Macklen of Myrtle Beach pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree burglary and leaving the scene of an accident involving a death and serious injuries.
Prosecutors say Macklen was driving a boat on the waterway in 2008 that struck another boat carrying 13-year-old Shane Odermatt of Aiken and three other people. Odermatt died and three others were taken to a Charleston hospital with serious injuries.
Twenty-one-year-old Brandon McDevitt faces similar charges and his case will be handled later.
Prosecutor Elizabeth Tilley says Macklen will be sentenced later, when Odermatt's family can attend the hearing.
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