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Judge sentences teacher in drowning case

June 15, 2018
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EASTPOINTE — A teacher has been sentenced to probation for the death of a teenager at a high school pool.

Johnathan Sails appeared in Macomb County court last month, more than a month after pleading no contest to involuntary manslaughter.

Prosecutors said he was assigned to monitor a remedial swim class but had his back to the pool when KeAir Swift was struggling.

The 14-year-old boy drowned at East Detroit High School in 2013.

Sails said, "I humbly want to send my condolences to the whole family."

The victim's family claimed Sails lied about his swimming abilities. But Sails' attorney said he was the captain of his high school team.

The charge against Sails was thrown out by a judge, but the Michigan appeals court reinstated the case.

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