Bennett “Not Guilty” Of Homicide In Boat Deaths Trial

Following a tragic accident on the night of June 18, 2012 on Lake Lanier, Paul J. Bennett was arrested and charged with eight counts of homicide. Bennett’s fishing boat collided with a pontoon carrying 13 people — four adults and nine children. Jake Prince, 9, and Griffin Prince, 13, were killed due to the impact from the accident.

Gainesville Times reported that Mr. Bennett was handed down a not guilty verdict on the eight counts of homicide. He was found Not Guilty of one count of boating under the influence (BUI); however, he was found Guilty on a second count of BUI. The Times added that Mr. Bennett was found guilty of two counts of reckless operation of a vessel and violation of duty to render assistance.

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