NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — A Massachusetts man faces sentencing after being acquitted of the most serious charges in the death of a 10-year-old boy in a speedboat accident.

A Hampshire Superior Court jury on Thursday cleared Steven Morse of Westfield of six out of eight charges stemming from the August 2010 death of Augustus “Gus” Adamopoulos on Norwich Lake in Huntington.

Morse was operating a speedboat when it struck a kayak. Adamopoulos and his father, of Ludlow, were fishing from the kayak.

Prosecutors said Morse had been drinking beer before the accident.

Morse was acquitted of manslaughter and five other charges. He was convicted of boat homicide by negligent operation, a misdemeanor, and of misleading a police office, a felony that carries a maximum of 10 years in prison.

Morse is scheduled to be sentenced today.

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