Suspect Goes to Trial for New York DWI Boating Accident

Craig Cordes of Syracuse is scheduled to stand trial next April for DWI while boating. The 32-year old was operating a boat while drunk when he struck and killed an off-duty Virginia police officer and his girlfriend last summer.

Cordes has been charged with first-degree vehicular manslaughter, boating while intoxicated, leaving the scene, failure to render aid and reckless operation of a vessel. In many states, boating while intoxicated holds similar penalties to drinking and driving.

The drunken boating incident happened on Skaneateles Lake, killing John Kelly and Heather Wilkins, of Richmond, Virginia.
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