A Burnet County man was sentenced on Friday to 100 days in county jail and 10 years of probation for failing to render assistance in a fatal boating incident on Lake Buchanan nearly 10 years ago.
In addition, Travis Marburger, 37, was fined $1,500 and ordered to pay about $7,500 in restitution to the families of the three teens who were injured or killed in the late-night crash.
Marburger said in court that he was involved in the boating collision that killed Justin Roberts of Lampasas and that he saw two people in the water after the collision but left the area without offering assistance.
Those two people were Roberts and his friend, Jim Daniels. Roberts’ girlfriend, Kelly Corbin, was injured in the crash but was not thrown from the boat.
Investigators struggled with the case until late 2010, when they received information that Marburger once owned a boat that matched the description of the boat thought to have struck the teenagers’ craft.
During a search of property that Marburger owned near Bertram, Texas game wardens literally dug up the boat. Marburger admitted to burying the craft and having been at the helm in the early morning hours of May 3 when the boat struck Roberts’ boat head on.
Roberts was thrown from the boat and died. Daniels was thrown from the boat and drifted on the lake for more than eight hours before he was rescued.
In 2004, Operation Game Thief in cooperation with Texas Crime Stoppers offered a $10,000 reward for information regarding the incident.
Texas Fish & Game has so far been unable to verify whether the reward is still in effect and if the person who called the OGT tip line is eligible.
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