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Father Found Not Guilty in Son's Boating Death

March 28, 2012

A man has been cleared of charges in a boating accident on the James River that killed his son.

A Newport News circuit judge found 59-year-old Phillip Brewer not guilty of involuntary manslaughter Tuesday.

Court records show Brewer was operating a 19-foot bass fishing boat that collided with a commercial towing vessel near the James River Bridge in October 2010. Thirteen-year-old Lance Brewer of Gloucester died in the accident.

The Daily Press reports Brewer declined comment after the verdict.

The tow vessel's operator, Wayne Espinoza, is scheduled for trial in May on an involuntary manslaughter charge.

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