Man gets probation in boating death of swimmer

CLEVELAND (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty in the death of a friend who was struck by a boat while waiting to water ski on Lake Erie was given probation, then was taken into custody by an immigration agent.
David Lowe, 50, of Euclid, was placed on probation for five years Tuesday by Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Carolyn Friedland. He could have been sentenced to one year in prison.
The judge also ordered Lowe to receive treatment for alcohol abuse and perform five weeks of community service.
Lowe pleaded guilty to attempted involuntary manslaughter and reckless operation in the Aug. 12, 2001, accident in which his boat struck and killed Carol Patch, 53.
Patch, who died of injuries to her abdomen and pelvis, had waded into the water to wait for Lowe to pick her up to ski. Witnesses said she grabbed a 10-year-old girl and threw her out of the way of the boat.
As soon as the judge left the courtroom, immigration agent Pat Sweeney handcuffed Lowe, a Canadian, and said he was under arrest for violating an immigration law.
Lowe had been convicted of firing a rifle at a construction site in suburban Mentor in 1999.
Barry Halfhill, interim resident agent in charge of the Cleveland immigration office, said federal authorities can try to have Lowe deported because of the firearm conviction.
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