Bennett found not guilty of homicide by vessel; Will serve 2 1/2 - CBS46 News

Bennett found not guilty of homicide by vessel; Will serve 2 1/2 years in prison

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GAINESVILLE, GA (CBS46) -

Paul Bennett has been found not guilty of homicide by vessel in a boating accident on Lake Lanier that killed two boys. Bennett was found guilty on other charges.

Bennett was found guilty of boating under the influence, reckless driving of a vessel and not rendering aid.

He was sentenced to 2 1/2 years of prison.  Afterwards, Bennett will be on probation for 1 1/2 years and have to complete 240 hours of community service.

A juror was also dismissed from the trial after looking up the penalty for death by vessel online, according to CBS Atlanta photographer Lawrence McDonald.

Bennett's fishing boat collided with a pontoon boat on June 18, 2012, killing 9-year-old Jake Prince and 13-year-old Griffin Prince.

In closing arguments during the trail Wednesday, Bennett's attorney said the wreck was an accident and asked the jury not let their hearts get in the way of the facts.

Prosecutors closed telling the jury Bennett was boating while intoxicated and failed the DUI tests.

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