Shontover Kirkland of Augusta, Georgia, is heading to jail after a “prank” claimed the lives of two fathers in a lake. The 32-year-old surrendered to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office in September 2021 to face fees within the deaths of Eynn Wilson and Edward Kirk Jr. that occurred on Clarks Hill Lake in Lincoln County. The tragedy occurred at a ship occasion the place the incident was partially captured on video. Police detained her on the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Jail till a choose sentenced her this week.
AP News stories say warrants accuse Kirkland of inflicting Kirk Jr.’s loss of life by “shoving him off a boat into deep, cold water” with out regard for his swim skill. She can also be being held answerable for Wilson’s loss of life. With good intentions, Wilson jumped into the lake to try to rescue Kirk, who was “struggling to stay above water,” stories mentioned. Authorities discovered Kirkland’s actions “consciously disregarded a substantial and unjustifiable risk of endangering the safety” of Kirk, the warrant says.
Augusta Woman Pleads Guilty In Two Lake Deaths
In a press release from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, authorities subsequently charged Kirkland with two counts of involuntary manslaughter and one depend of reckless conduct within the 2021 drownings of the 2 Augusta males. According to a number of Augusta space information shops, Shontover Kirkland pleaded responsible Tuesday to 2 counts of involuntary manslaughter.
The choose sentenced Shontover Kirkland to serve a 12 months in jail and 9 years of probation.
Family Reacts To Sentencing
Video proof from the boat occasion exhibits some accounts of how the boys ended up within the lake. There gave the impression to be two boats anchored collectively on the water. The video appeared to point out the lady pushing Edward “E.J.” Kirk into the water adopted by laughter. Someone then screams, “they can’t swim!”
WRDW has reported that Kirkland apologized to the households of the victims and her actions that brought about these tragedies. Kirkland knew Kirk since she was 14. The household reportedly looks like her one-year jail sentence isn’t sufficient.