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Man Pleads Guilty to Charge in Boating Accident

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    Benjamin Urbelis, the owner of the Naut Guilty, pleaded guilty to a charge of furnishing alcohol to minors on the night a teenager lost her arm to the boat's propeller.

    (Published Wednesday, May 31, 2017)

    A man pleaded guilty Wednesday to one charge in a boating accident that cost a teenager her arm, but he will face two more next week.

    Benjamin Urbelis, owner of the boat Naut Guilty, appeared in court to enter a guilty plea on a charge of furnishing alcohol to minors.

    The charges stem from a May 2015 incident in which a then-19-year-old from Auburn lost her right arm in the boat's propeller.

    Last month, Alexander Williams, 26, entered a guilty plea in his role in the accident. According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Williams started the boat, but failed to put it in neutral as the victim swam back to the boat and tried to climb aboard. The propeller pulled her underwater.

    Williams also admitted in court to furnishing alcohol to minors, as well as charges of negligent operation and tampering with evidence.

    The judge in that case placed Williams on a two-year probationary term.

    Urbeis, 35, also faces charges of negligent operation and tampering. He will answer to those charges Monday.

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