Three Texas Christian University students have been jailed for just five days each after one of them kissed their friend then pushed him out of their boat and onto a propeller which killed him.
Delaney Brennan boarded the boat with 19-year-old Jack Elliott and ten others in October 2019 – just months after starting college – before the tragic incident.
All but one were drinking: Brennan and Elliott sat in the front of the boat as it cruised Lake Travis near Austin.
Brennan, of Huntington Beach, Calif., pushed Elliott, who went too far, was “struck by the propeller multiple times and was killed,” a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department report concluded.
The group only spent five minutes looking for Elliott before returning to the dock. Brennan and two others concocted a story about how Elliott had gone too far and lied about the events leading up to his death.
Jack Elliott, 19 (left), a freshman at Texas Christian University, was pushed by Delaney Brennan (right) out of a boat while on a lake near Austin in October 2019. He was hit by the boat’s propeller and died.
Elliott and Brennan, both attendees at Texas Christian University, reportedly kissed and flirted when she pushed him off the boat in October 2019
Police searched for Elliott’s body after the group of teenagers on the boat the night of the incident failed to locate him
On Thursday, an Austin judge sentenced Brennan, Elle Weber and Carson Neel – whose father ran the marina – to five days in jail each.
Elliott’s younger sister, Ava, told the defendants she hoped their life was joyless, like her family’s was now.
“I hope the guilt catches up with you and takes a little joy out of every happy moment, like what grief did for me and my parents,” she said in her victim’s statement, according to The Orange County Register.
“Given that Jack is missing nearly 80 years of his life, the idea of each of you spending 15-30 days in jail seems like the best ending to the deal.”
Elliott’s father, Brett, said the trio had “zero integrity”.
The band lied about how he died and colluded to hide the truth.
“You did bad things over and over again, and you lied over and over again and your parents supported the lies,” he told the court.
“Now here in this courthouse is where you end up – a convict going to jail.
“And yet, the saddest thing is that you still have no character and no integrity.”
Brett Elliott said he was disgusted that the trio were attending candlelight vigils while lying about what happened.
Brett Elliott is seen (left) with his son Jack, who died in October 2019
Jack’s body was found near where he disappeared ten days later more than 100 feet below the surface
Elliott, who was 19 at the time, partied and drank with 11 other teenagers on the waters of Lake Travis, a man-made lake, northwest of Austin.
“You all stood arm in arm and took pictures and smiled, knowing you killed Jack,” he said.
“You just stood there, lying and manipulating everyone, taking advantage of the sympathy. Then the truth was revealed.
Weber, who like almost everyone else had been drinking, was at the helm of the boat when she saw Brennan giving Elliott a “playful little push,” and he fell overboard.
Neel jumped after him, but they couldn’t find him, and after five minutes he turned around.
Weber then called 911, but gave her name as “Elle Macpherson.” She claims she hadn’t heard of the model.
Elle Weber (pictured) was in command of the boat that day, according to her sworn deposition She initially said no one had a clear idea how they fell overboard – but her answer changed after a trial in 2020
The boat expedition was led by Carson Neel whose father, Billy, ran the Northshore Marina
The group threw the booze overboard as they returned to the dock, and got the only drinker behind the wheel – Anthony Salazar, who was not feeling well.
They told police that Elliott somersaulted back from the boat and disappeared.
They then said he was vomiting on his side and fell.
The group even called Elliott’s parents back home in California and tearfully promised to tell the truth.
Weber told the Elliotts: “We don’t know how Jack fell off the boat. We don’t know if Jack got up to change position and he lost his balance or if he was doing his hair, we don’t know what he was doing.
“Those are the most honest answers we can give you right now.”
Yet shortly after their call, the Elliotts were contacted by the father of one of the teenagers who was also in the room at the time of the call.
He told them he had heard that Elliott had not fallen off the boat but had in fact been pushed, the Register reported.