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Oklahoma man pleads guilty in Grand Lake houseboat crash that killed two

By SHEILA STOGSDILL - Tulsa World Modified: August 21, 2014 at 7:01 am •  Published: August 21, 2014

JAY — A Tulsa man pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of first-degree manslaughter in connection with a Grand Lake boat crash that killed a Cascia Hall graduate and her fellow college student.

John DeSelms, 22, entered the “blind plea” in Delaware County District Court in Jay.

DeSelms appeared before District Judge Robert Haney and testified to “driving the boat” and “being intoxicated” when it crashed into an unoccupied 96-foot docked houseboat on May 14, 2013, killing Rachel Nicole Swetnam, 21, of Grove, and William Lewis “Trey” Varner III, 21, of Texarkana, Arkansas.

The two University of Arkansas students were seated at the bow of the boat; they were pronounced dead at the scene.

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