Hinton W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources reports that 46-year old Jeffrey Allen Acord of Sandstone, West Virginia, was charged with and pled guilty to three counts of negligent homicide in connection with the drowning of three people in a boating incident on the New River April 3, 2011.

Following an investigation by Natural Resources Police Officer Jason B. Hudson, Acord was arrested and arraigned before Magistrate Jack Hellems in Hinton.

His sentence was plea bargained to fines only with no jail time. Each count carries a sentence of $200 in fines and $160.80 in court costs for a total on each count of $360.80, or $1,080.42 in all.

Accord was the operator of a small jon boat that was cruising upstream on the New River near Meadow Creek when one of the passengers stood up, causing the boat to flip. Two men, including Acord, swam to shore, but three others were not able to reach safety and drowned.

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