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3 Convicted in Fatal Boating Accident

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Three people were convicted on Jan. 27 in 25th Judicial District Court of Plaquemines Parish for their roles in a fatal boating incident that occurred in 2013.

Judge Kevin Connor sentenced Larissa Demoll, 51, of Boothville, for obstruction of justice, filing false public records, negligent homicide and hit and run driving and ordered her to serve three separate two-year jail terms and three separate three-year jail terms with all of them running concurrently.

Judge Connor also sentenced Arthur Giles, 62, of Belle Chasse, for conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice and ordered him to serve two years in jail suspended, two years of active supervised probation and to pay a $500 fine plus court cost. Judge Connor also sentenced Tyler Scott, 27, of Belle Chasse, for criminal mischief and ordered him to serve six months in jail suspended, six months of active probation and to pay a $250 fine plus court costs.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agents began investigating the case on June 10, 2013 when two vessels collided in Flat Boat Pass near Venice. Agents were initially told by Demoll, Giles and Scott that a 28-foot vessel being operated by Scott collided with a 24-foot bay boat being operated by Steven “Brad” Malcolm, 33, of Madisonville, resulting in the death of Malcolm. Two other passengers on the bay boat sustained injuries.

After further investigation, agents determined that Demoll was the operater of the 28-foot vessel that belonged to a company owned by Giles. Demoll also left the scene of the incident.

Office of Attorney General Brooke Harris and Matthew Derbes prosecuted the case for the state.