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Guilty plea in fatal Tappan Zee boat crash; driver to get two years in jail

NEW CITY – The Nyack man who was driving a boat at night on the Hudson River with friends last July 26 when it crashed into a Tappan Zee Bridge construction barge, pled guilty in Rockland County Court on Monday to two counts of vehicular manslaughter. Two people died in that incident.

When sentenced, Jojo John, 36, will receive one year in state prison for each count to be served consecutively in local jail. Had the case gone to trial, he could have faced up to 15 years in state prison.

Bride-to-be Lindsey Stewart of Piermont and her finance’s best man, Mark Lennon of Pearl River, were thrown overboard into the river and were killed after the 10:40 p.m. crash. Three others in the boat sustained serious injuries.

John was charged with operating the 19-foot Stingray powerboat on the Hudson near Piermont while under the influence of alcohol.