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Marc Mongan sentenced to probation in deadly Ogle County boat crash

By  Jim Hagerty

OREGON, Ill. – Marc Mongan, the Oregon man who pleaded guilty for his role in a deadly 2016 boating accident that killed a 31-year-old woman, will serve 30 months of probation.

The sentence came Tuesday, nearly two months after Mongan pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement. He was also been ordered to serve 300 hours of community service. He’s prohibited from consuming alcohol, operating a watercraft, using controlled substances or contacting the victim’s family.

Charges against Mongan stem from a crash that happened on June 24, 2016, on the Rock River near Oregon. Prosecutors said Mongan was under the influence of alcohol when he was driving a fishing boat that slammed into a pontoon boat on which Megan Wells was a passenger. Wells was thrown from the craft and killed.

Mongan was charged with reckless operation of a watercraft and operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol, charges that would later be dropped after a grand jury reviewed the case. Special prosecutor David Neal then charged him with there counts of reckless homicide. Those charges were also dropped and Mongan pleaded guilty to reckless conduct as part of the plea agreement. He faced three years in prison. R.

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