Man Gets 24 Years For Manslaughter ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Man Gets 24 Years For Manslaughter

A man who killed a boater while drunk has been sentenced in a San Bernardino court to over 24 years in prison. William Wayne Anno killed Lance Furman in August (04) when he drove his boat into Furman's watercraft on Lake Havasu. Anno was convicted by jury of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and negligent use of a watercraft. Furman's wife Wendy, who suffered head injuries from the accident, made a request to Superior Court Judge Bob Krug that Anno be given the maximum sentence allowed. She said, "The man that killed my husband is still here with his family and they can visit and talk to him. He will get to come home at the end of his sentence, but Lance will never be able to come home." Furman's 13-year-old son Nick also suffered serious head injuries, and has been forced to undergo continued rehabilitation for brain damage. Nick told the court, "I hate taking medicine every day. My friends don't call me as much or come around. I will never be able to race BMX or dirt bikes or play football because of my brain injury." Anno has been in and out of prison since 1990. According to Deputy District Attorney David Varman, Anno attended a court-mandated alcohol-education class for a previous conviction for driving under the influence just days before the incident where Furman was killed. Anno was sentenced to 24 years and four months in prison after factoring in a prior strike for a robbery conviction and a number of probation violations. Judge Krug said, "His record is deplorable."

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