OGDEN -- A judge imposed the maximum sentence on the last two defendants in a fatal boating incident that occurred on Pineview Reservoir, on Wednesday in 2nd District Court.
Colton Raines, convicted in February of reckless endangerment and failure to render aid, both class A misdemeanors, and obstruction of justice, a class B misdemeanor, was sentenced to 21/2 years in Weber County Jail.
Robert Cole Boyer, convicted at the same trial as Raines, was sentenced to one year in the Weber County Jail for obstruction of justice, the only charge he faced.
Both sentences were the maximum allowed under law.
The sentencing of the two ends criminal proceedings in the Aug. 21, 2011, death of Esther Fujimoto, a University of Utah researcher.
She bled to death from massive injuries caused when she was hit by the defendants' boat propeller as she swam the reservoir.
A wrongful death lawsuit is pending.
Co-defendant Skyler Shepherd was also sentenced in January to the maximum 21/2 years on the same charges as Raines, by the same judge, 2nd District Judge Ernie Jones.
Shepherd had a more active role, as he actually piloted the boat away from Fujimoto after she had been hit.
The three men were not charged for the actual collision, considered an accident, but for failing to make any attempt to assist Fujimoto or inform authorities about her plight.
Jones, in announcing sentence from the bench, said Raines "showed a callous absence of caring for another human being."
He expressed some frustration because he couldn't send the two to prison, noting that if they committed the same offense today, the failure to render aid charge would be a third-degree felony bringing up to five years in prison.
Fujimoto's death was the motivation for the 2012 Utah Legislature upgrading the charge to felony status. Her family lobbied the Legislature for the change.
Although the testimony about drug and alcohol use was limited during the trials, Jones called them the turning point in the case.
He noted Raines, in a pre-sentence report compiled by a probation officer for the court, admitted to using marijuana off and on for several years.
"Which I think is what drove this case, using drugs and alcohol on a boat," Jones said. "I'm absolutely convinced that's why they left the scene."
He also noted that Boyer had eight prior misdemeanor convictions, five involving alcohol.
In sentencing Shepherd, Jones had called him callous and spineless.
Shepherd was convicted after three days of testimony, a jury deliberating for roughly 90 minutes to reach a verdict.
A jury took almost exactly the same amount of time last month to find Raines and Boyer guilty on all charges. That trial also featured three days of testimony.
The defense for all three men keyed on their claims they saw no injuries to Fujimoto and that she actually told them she was all right when they turned back to check on her.
Only Raines testified to hearing her scream.
But Vaughn Anderson, whose home sits a few hundred yards from the reservoir bank, said he could hear Fujimoto scream three or more times in a 20-second period, causing him to rush to a vantage point where he saw three men in the boat drive away.
Anderson rowed out to Fujimoto, holding her with one hand and dialing 911 with the other. Prosecutors said she likely died during the call.