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Judge denies reduction of charges in boy's boating death

A Marin judge has rejected a request by prominent land-developer Javier A. Burillo of Belvedere to reduce three felony charges against him in a September 2019 boating incident that killed his 11-year-old son and injured the boy’s older brother. At a Jan. 7 teleconferenced hearing, Burillo, 59, and his attorney, Douglas Horngrad, sought to reduce the felony counts of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence, operation of a watercraft while under the influence and child endangerment to misdemeanors. Burillo also faces a misdemeanor count of operating a watercraft with a blood-alcohol level above the state legal limit of .08 percent. If found guilty on all counts, he could face up to nine years in state prison.


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