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Charges Filed in Fatal Boat Crash

Dec 8, 2012

Two Burlington men face multiple felonies in connection with a deadly boat crash on the Mississippi River in May.

Joseph Schier, Jr., 21, and Douglas Metcalf, 22, have each been charged with 1 count boating while intoxicated causing death (Class B Felony) and 4 counts of involuntary manslaughter (Class D Felony).

The maximum sentence for a Class B felony is up to 25 years in prison while it is up to five years in prison for a Class D felony.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says each was operating a small boat in the early morning hours of May 19, 2012 when the crash occurred in the O’Donnell Slough area.

The crash killed Burlington residents Matthew House, 21; Jacob Boyd, 22; Caitlyn Atchley, 20; and Blake Eakins, 21.

Schier, Jr., Metcalf and six other passengers were able to make it to shore after being thrown into the river.

The charges were filed by the Des Moines County Attorney’s Office.