Illinois man to begin Iowa trial in boating death


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Posted Online: Jan. 28, 2013, 12:17 pm
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DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) Iowa jury selection is scheduled to begin for a 40-year-old Illinois man charged with manslaughter in a fatal boating accident on the Mississippi River.

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald says Kent Hoffman, of Galena, Ill., also is charged with operating a boat while intoxicated, causing a fatal accident. He's pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Assistant Dubuque County Attorney Michael Whalen says jury selection is set to begin Monday.

Authorities say Hoffman was driving a boat that ran over another boat in Schmidt Harbor in Dubuque on the night of Sept. 1. The driver of the other boat, 45-year-old James Sutton, of Maquoketa, Iowa, was killed.

Lori Fey was a passenger in Sutton's boat but was not seriously injured.














 



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