Grandfather who murdered his granddaughter and girlfriend in a boat accident receives suspended sentence
Grandfather, 60, who killed his own granddaughter, seven and his girlfriend, 57, in a boat accident off the coast of New Hampshire, receives a seven-year suspended sentence
- John Wickman, 60, from Eliot, Maine, pleaded guilty to causing the boat accident
- Wickman, distracted by a GPS device while driving the boat, hit a buoy
- Granddaughter, Kallin Wickman, 7 and girlfriend, Laurie Stewart, 57, were injured
- Both died of injuries they suffered when the boat hit the 6,000 pound buoy
- Wickman avoided jail when his 7-year prison sentence was suspended
- He must perform a community service for 200 hours and not drive a boat for ten years
A grandfather avoided the jail sentence after being guilty of causing a boat accident in New Hampshire that fatally injured his granddaughter and girlfriend.
John Wickman, 60, from Eliot, Maine, pleaded guilty to one count of negligent murder for the May 2018 crash on Tuesday and was given a suspended seven-year prison sentence.
He agreed to 200 hours of community service and did not send a boat for ten years.
Wickman steered a boat off the coast of Newington, New Hampshire when, according to authorities, it hit a buoy of 6,000 pounds.
John Wickman, 60, from Eliot, Maine, (above) pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of negligent murder for the May 5, 2018 crash that killed his girlfriend, Laurie Stewart (far right) and received a suspended seven-year prison sentence
His 7-year-old granddaughter Kallin Wickman and girlfriend Laurie Stewart, 57, died of injuries sustained during the crash.
Kaillen Mykenna Wickman, 7, was on a ride on her grandfather's boat when he hit a buoy on May 5, 2018. The little girl died of her injuries in the accident
Assistant Rockingham County Attorney Ryan Ollis said that Wickman was distracted while playing with a new GPS device.
& # 39; He was driving too close to the shoreline, did not look where he was going, he was playing with his GPS, which was new to him that day instead of paying attention to where he was going, & # 39; Ollis said, reporting WCBV5.
His boat moved around 45 mph, according to prosecutors.
& # 39; He indicated that he was looking at his GPS and looking at his passengers just before he hit a green buoy, & # 39; said Ollis.
The grandfather and a second grandchild, Kaillen & # 39; s younger brother Michael Brian & # 39; Mikey & # 39; Wickman, were also injured in the crash.
& # 39; The family, as well as the court, today articulated in court that there is nothing the court can do for a sentence that Mr. Wickman can justify, correct or remedy that day, & # 39; said Ollis.
Kaillen with her younger brother Michael (both above) pictured on a boat from their grandfather's Facebook page. Kaillen died of her injuries in the May 5, 2018 crash
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