Driver in 2013 Deadly Boat Crash Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

DELAWARE COUNTY, OK - The man charged with killing two University of Arkansas students in a boating accident last summer pleaded guilty Wednesday in an Oklahoma court. According to the Delaware County District Attorney's Office, John DeSelms, 23, entered a guilty plea to two counts of first degree manslaughter.

Investigators say he was under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs when he drove a boat into a house boat docked on Grand Lake in May of 2013. The crash killed U of A students Rachel Swetnam and Trey Varner. DeSelms was suspended for one year from the University of Arkansas after the accident. 

He is currently out on bond, but is due back in court December 29 for a sentencing hearing. Prosecutors say he could face four years to life in prison for each count, and must serve 85% of his sentence before being eligible for parole.

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