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Potential plea deal for Adams man charged in fatal boating crash

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Brass Milled Gavel By walknboston (Flickr: Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

ADAMS COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - A plea deal appears to be on the way for an Adams man accused in the death of another man in a drunk boating crash.

22-year-old Christopher Collins waived his preliminary hearing Thursday. He stood mute while an Adams County judge entered not guilty pleas to four charges that include drunken homicide, and causing injuries by drunk boating.

A plea and sentencing hearing – in which a plea deal would normally be taken up – is set for January 4th.

Authorities said Collins was driving a boat with four passengers after they stopped at an island party and a couple of bars in July – and he struck a rock on Castle Rock Lake. The crash killed 23-year-old Michael Miklavicic of Friendship.

Sheriff’s investigators quoted Collins as saying he heard somebody yell a warning, and he tried to steer around a bridge pillar but couldn’t.

Officials said his blood alcohol content at the time was 0.13, more than one-and-a-half times the minimum level for intoxication. 

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