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Punished for boating death

NOV. 16 — A Florida teenager charged in connection with the death of a young snorkeler was ordered this week to complete a comprehensive program at a state detention center for high-risk juveniles.

The Florida circuit court judge who sentenced the teenager said he would remain at the facility for an indeterminate amount of time based on his behavior and level of cooperation, the Miami Herald newspaper reported. Upon his completion of the program the teen, who is 13, will remain under close watch by the state Department of Juvenile Justice.

The teenager was accused of driving an 18-foot skiff over a 6-year-old snorkeler last Memorial Day off Key West, Fla., then fleeing the scene, the report says. The boy’s family reportedly set up a dive flag from their anchored boat to warn other boaters that people were in the water.

“With no prior record, the court sentenced him to the maximum, which was appropriate for what he did,” a chief assistant state’s attorney says in the report. “He killed somebody, left the scene without rendering aid and lied to the police about the accident.”

After the sentencing, the teenager was taken to the Miami-Dade juvenile detention center where he will await transfer to a high-risk juvenile detention center, the report says.

— Jason Fell