Shontover Kirkland, the suspect in the drownings of two men has pleaded guilty and been sentenced a little over a year since they died.
Best friends Eynn Wilson and Edward Kirk both died after one of them went off a boat into the water at Clarks Hill Lake, then the other jumped in the water to try and save him.
Shontover Kirkland, 32, was charged with reckless conduct and two counts of involuntary manslaughter for their deaths.
On Tuesday, she pleaded guilty in Lincoln County.
One count was dropped, and she was sentenced to 10 years probation, with the first 12 months to be served in jail. Kirkland was not granted first offender status by the judge.
In court Tuesday, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent testified today to give his account of the investigation.
“We had to relive this whole devastating incident all over again,” said Lakesha Johnson, Kirk’s sister.
The GBI says it was notified of several videos circulating on social media that helped agents learn what happened.
Those videos and the 911 call pinpointed that the incident happened near the Cherokee Boat Launch.
Agents learned that at 4:30 p.m. on the day of the incident, Kirkland rented two boats from Clarks Hill Boat Rental. The boats were parked and tied together.
On the boats, 18 people were celebrating a friend’s birthday.
The video showed Kirk standing next to a woman wearing a life vest. It was clear that everyone on the boat knew she couldn’t swim, but no one was told that Kirk couldn’t.