In April 2021, two men drowned and died. Now, a Georgia woman has been given a year in prison in relation to their deaths.
This week, Shontover Kirkland, 32, pleaded guilty to reckless conduct and involuntarily manslaughter. This is after Eynn Wilson and Edward Kirk Jr. died, in Clark Hills Lake, in Lincoln County.
Authorities say that Kirkland rented two boats for a birthday party. She is said to have pushed Kirk into the water, unaware that he couldn’t swim. Wilson then went into the lake to attempt to save Kirk. Neither men resurfaced, and their bodies were found a week after that.
In 2021, an arrest warrant noted that Kirkland “unlawfully endangered the bodily safety of Edward Lee Kirk, Jr….” It added that her “disregard constituted a gross deviation from the standard care which a reasonable person would exercise in the situation.”
In court, Kirkland apologized for the occurrence as she has known Kirk since she was 14. She said that she didn’t intend to cause him any harm but wanted to take responsibility for her actions.
Outside of the courtroom, police had to intervene as an argument ensued between friends and relatives of Kirkland and the victims.
Along with one year in prison, Kirkland will be on probation for nine years.
A Missouri man was indicted Tuesday for allegedly leaving a voicemail containing a threat on the personal cell phone of an election official in the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Walter Lee Hoornstra, 50, of Tecumseh, is charged with one count of communicating an interstate threat and one count of making a threatening telephone call.
“These unlawful threats of violence endanger election officials, undermine our electoral process, and threaten our democracy,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “The department’s Election Threats Task Force, working with our partners across the country, remains committed to investigating and prosecuting such illegal threats to ensure that these public servants are able to do their jobs free from intimidation.”
According to the indictment, on or about May 19, 2021, Hoornstra allegedly left the following voicemail message on the personal cell phone of the election official: “So I see you’re for fair and competent elections, that’s what it says here on your homepage for your recorder position you’re trying to fly here. But you call things unhinged and insane lies when there’s a forensic audit going on. You need to check yourself. You need to do your [expletive] job right because other people from other states are watching your ass. You [expletive] renege on this deal or give them any more troubles, your ass will never make it to your next little board meeting.”
“The FBI is committed to vigorously investigating and holding accountable anyone who threatens election workers,” said Assistant Director Luis Quesada of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division. “These public servants protect our fundamental right to vote by administering fair and free elections. Any attempts to interfere with our elections by intimidating election officials, their staffs, and volunteers with threats of violence will not be tolerated.”
If convicted, Hoornstra faces up to five years in prison for making a threatening interstate communication and up to two years in prison for making a threatening telephone call. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
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