Lawrence Buswell, 53, pleaded guilty to four counts of misdemeanor vehicular assault on Thursday in Rockingham County Superior Court. (JAMES A. KIMBLE)
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Lawrence Buswell, 53, pleaded guilty to three counts of misdemeanor vehicular assault as part of a plea deal that allowed him to avoid felony charges and the prospect of a state prison term.
Buswell was indicted on negligent homicide and second-degree assault charges for killing 54-year-old Eric Eskeland and injuring three others on May 26, 2012, according to prosecutors.
Thursday’s sentence came three weeks after a jury found Buswell not guilty of felonious sexual assault charges, rejecting allegations that he raped a 15-year-old boy on this boat in 2011.
Cirulli said she expected there would have been conflicting testimony by witnesses on the shore about whether Eskeland’s boat had lights on at the time.
The plea deal was approved by victims in the case, according to Cirulli.
Anderson quizzed Buswell about giving up his right to trial before accepting his guilty plea.
Cirulli read a statement from Eskeland’s wife, Debra, who spoke of enduring the loss of her husband and the impact it has had on their children.