Boat Driver Pleads Guilty in Hudson Crash That Killed Bride, Fiance's Best Man

The man accused of drunkenly crashing a powerboat into a barge on the Hudson River, killing a bride and her fiance's best man, has pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter.

The Rockland County District Attorney's office said Jojo John, of Nyack, will be sentenced to two years in jail.

John had been charged with 18 counts, including operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If convicted, he could have been sentenced to 15 years.

The victims, Lindsey Stewart and Mark Lennon, were thrown from the boat on July 26 after the boat hit a stationary barge involved in the construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge. Stewart, 30, was set to be married weeks later to Brian Bond, who was also injured in the crash.

Prosecutors say 35-year-old John had nearly twice the legal level of alcohol in his system. His lawyer had asserted that poor lighting on the barge caused the crash.

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