By Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) - The attorney for a 54-year-old Grand Forks man facing criminal charges in a fatal boat crash says he’s devastated by the incident.

KZZY-FM reports that Thomas Burns did not speak or enter a plea during a court hearing Thursday. Burns’ attorney, Darla Schuman, said he continues to be under medical care for his injuries.

Authorities allege that Burns was intoxicated on Aug. 9 when a boat he was driving on Devils Lake struck a tree about 30 yards from shore. He is charged with felony manslaughter, felony reckless endangerment and boating under the influence.

Twenty-six-year-old April Stenger, of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, was killed. Three other passengers were injured.

District Judge Lee Christofferson set bail at $20,000 and required frequent alcohol testing and monitoring of Burns, with no boating or fishing.


Information from: KZZY-FM,

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