Homicide

New York boater gets prison for Hudson River crash that killed bride-to-be and best man

  • File- This Nov. 20, 2013, shows defendant Jojo John appearing during his arraignment hearing at the Rockland County Courthouse in New City, N.Y. John pleaded guilty in June to vehicular manslaughter and admitted that he was drunk at the time. He's expected to be sentenced Tuesday to two years behind bars.  (AP Photo/The Journal News, Ricky Flores, Pool,File)

    File- This Nov. 20, 2013, shows defendant Jojo John appearing during his arraignment hearing at the Rockland County Courthouse in New City, N.Y. John pleaded guilty in June to vehicular manslaughter and admitted that he was drunk at the time. He's expected to be sentenced Tuesday to two years behind bars. (AP Photo/The Journal News, Ricky Flores, Pool,File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jojo John arrives to the Rockland County Courthouse for sentencing in New City, N.Y., Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. John was sentenced Tuesday to two years behind bars for crashing a powerboat into a barge, killing a bride-to-be and her fiance's best man. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Jojo John arrives to the Rockland County Courthouse for sentencing in New City, N.Y., Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. John was sentenced Tuesday to two years behind bars for crashing a powerboat into a barge, killing a bride-to-be and her fiance's best man. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)  (The Associated Press)

  • Carol Stewart-Kosic, mother of Lindsey Stewart, and her husband Walter Kosic arrive to the Rockland County Courthouse for the sentencing of Jojo John in New City, N.Y., Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. John was sentenced Tuesday to two years behind bars for crashing a powerboat into a barge, killing Lindsey Stewart, a bride-to-be, and her fiance's best man. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Carol Stewart-Kosic, mother of Lindsey Stewart, and her husband Walter Kosic arrive to the Rockland County Courthouse for the sentencing of Jojo John in New City, N.Y., Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. John was sentenced Tuesday to two years behind bars for crashing a powerboat into a barge, killing Lindsey Stewart, a bride-to-be, and her fiance's best man. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)  (The Associated Press)

A New Yorker has been sentenced to two years behind bars for crashing a powerboat into a barge, killing a bride-to-be and her fiance's best man.

In court Tuesday, Jojo John told the victims' families that he'd give up his own life if it could bring them back.

He pleaded guilty in June to vehicular manslaughter and admitted that he was drunk at the time.

In July 2013, his boat crashed into a barge on the Hudson River that was part of the construction of a new Tappan (TAP'-uhn) Zee Bridge. The impact killed Lindsey Stewart and Mark Lennon.

The wedding would have been two weeks later.

John's lawyer has insisted the crash was caused by a lack of lighting on the barge. The Coast Guard says the barge was properly lighted.