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Jury finds Carlson guilty of two lesser offenses

VERO BEACH - The jury in the Jeff Carlson trial came back at 8:15 p.m. with a verdict of guilty of two lesser included offenses. Carlson, a former county commissioner, was on trial for his role in a deadly boating accident. He was found guilty of misdemeanor boating under the influence, which is a lesser offense than boating manslaughter, a felony. The jury also decided Carlson was guilty of navigational violations, another misdemeanor.
The maximum punishment for BUI is six months in jail; the maximum for navigational violations is two months. Sentencing will be held in October. gpinnell@highlandstoday.com 863-386-5828