Boat passengers sentenced for role in fatal Lake George crash

January 18, 2018 06:50 PM

LAKE GEORGE - Matt Marry and Kristine Tiger used to be a couple. Now they're only united in crime.

Both were passengers on Alex West's boat when it crashed into another on Lake George, taking the life of Charlotte McCue and injuring her mother, Courtney.

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West, who was driving, is serving 5-to-15 years for manslaughter.

All 5 people on West's boat had been partying all day at Log Bay Day.

Marry and Tiger were both sentenced Thursday for hindering prosecution.

They and two others helped conceal the boat, and West, after the July 2016 collision.

None of them calling for help as screams of terror rang out on the lake or even after they arrived at the dock.

"Not one of them picked up their phone and did the right thing. Even when faced with the knowledge that an 8-year-old child was killed, they still did nothing," said Christine Knarr, Charlotte's grandmother.

When given the chance to speak, Both Marry and Tiger turned to Charlotte's family and apologized.

"I should've stayed on that dock. And I should've made a phone call and it haunts me and it upsets me and I'm embarrassed for my family," Marry said.

"I'm not this monster I'm being made out to be and I'm sorry," Tiger said. "Desperately, truly sorry. From my heart."

The judge sentenced both to 45 days in jail, followed by 3 years probation and 100 hours of community service.

"45 days in jail and 3 years probation is very light when you compare it to the lifetime sentence of pain, suffering and nightmares my family must endure," said Robert Knarr, Charlotte's grandfather.

Judge Michael Stafford also barred Marry and Tiger from Lake George--no swimming, no boating, no wading in the body of water where the fatal crash happened for the duration of their terms of probation.

Warren County District Attorney Jason Carusone said the real measure of whether Marry and Tiger are remorseful will come when they're done serving time.

"What they do with their lives after they get out of jail, in these next three years, I think is going to make a statement as to whether their remorse and what they said in court today, is genuine."

Victim impact statements:

Christine Knarr

Robert Knarr

Courtney McCue


Mark Mulholland

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