Nov. 15, 2013 – Paul J. Bennett, who had been on trial since Nov. 4 in
Gainesville for his alleged role in a 2012 boating wreck
that killed two Buford boys, was acquitted Thursday
evening on eight counts of homicide by vessel in Hall
County Superior Court.
In the June 18, 2012, incident, Bennett’s fishing boat
collided with a pontoon carrying 13 people — four adults
and nine children. 9 year old Jake Prince and 13 year old
Griffin Prince were killed on impact.
The Times reported that Judge Kathlene Gosselin
sentenced Bennett to serve 2« years’ incarceration and 1«
years of probation on the four misdemeanor charges of
reckless boating for speeding, reckless boating for missing
a green light, BUI under the legal limit and failure to
Judge Gosselin said, “The jury did find you not guilty of
the counts of homicide by vessel, and so you escaped
those charges and the possibility of 15 years in jail on
each of those.
Gosselin said she would not sentence the maximum
incarceration period in order to allow for some probation.