Man convicted on lesser charge in deadly Charlotte County boat crash

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Bruce Vilardi (Photo via Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office)

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. A 46-year-old man was acquitted of BUI manslaughter Thursday after a jury conceded to the lesser charge of boating under the influence, a defense attorney said.

Bruce Vilardi was arrested after his rental boat collided with a jet ski carrying Ohio resident Lee Hollis, who died in the December 2013 crash.

A judge sentenced Vilardi to nine months in county jail on the BUI charge.

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