HARRISON TWP. (WWJ/AP) – A 55-year-old Troy man who had been drinking while operating a boat that a Southfield fire chief jumped from before drowning is appearing in court for his sentence.
William Jeffrey Jr. of Troy will hear his sentence Tuesday after earlier pleading guilty to misdemeanor operating a vessel while intoxicated.READ MORE: Nurse Gets Probation For Role In Teen's Death At Kalamazoo Youth Home
Southfield Fire Chief Keith Rowley had been boating with Jeffrey and two women onÂ July 31 when he jumped from the 40-foot vessel into Lake St. Clair off Harrison Township to retrieve Jeffrey’s hat. Rowley, whoÂ wasn’t wearing a lift jacket, disappeared under the water. His body was found three days later.READ MORE: Booster Shots Become Available, Pfizer Starts Testing Pill For COVID-19 Prevention
Jeffrey was arrested at the scene.
“JeffreyÂ will likely get probation because it is a first offense, he’s got no criminal record, and he didn’t cause the chief’s death,” said WWJ Legal Analyst Charlie Langton.MORE NEWS: Former Daughter-In-Law Of Dr. Anderson Speaks Out In Support Of Anderson’s Victims, All Victims Of Sexual Abuse
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