Tulsa man sentenced to 1 year in prison in Grand Lake boat crash that killed 2 UA students

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JAY, Oklahoma — A Tulsa man has been sentenced to a year in prison and 14 years of probation in connection with a Grand Lake boating accident that claimed the lives of two friends.

The Tulsa World reports (http://bit.ly/1CS73jn) that 22-year-old John DeSelms was sentenced Tuesday following the second day of a sentencing hearing. DeSelms pleaded no contest in August to two counts of first-degree manslaughter in Delaware County District Court.

DeSelms faced four years to life in prison for the May 2013 deaths of William "Trey" Varner III of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Rachel Nichole Swetnam of Grove, Oklahoma. He could have also received probation.

Police have said Deselms had a blood-alcohol content of 0.18 following the crash of the ski boat he was driving into a houseboat. The legal limit is 0.08.


Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

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