Jury deliberating in boating deaths case

Jury deliberating in boating deaths case

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Paul Bennett faces homicide by vessel and boating under the influence charges in a fatal accident on Lake Lanier. Paul Bennett faces homicide by vessel and boating under the influence charges in a fatal accident on Lake Lanier.
Jake and Griffin Prince were killed in an accident on Lake Lanier. Jake and Griffin Prince were killed in an accident on Lake Lanier.

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - The case of a man charged in a boating accident on Lake Lanier that killed two boys has been handed over to a jury.

Paul Bennett is charged with homicide by vessel, failure to render aid, reckless operation and boating under the influence.

His fishing boat collided with the front of a pontoon boat on June 18, 2012, killing 9-year-old Jake Prince and 13-year-old Griffin Prince.

Bennett's attorney said the wreck was an accident. Prosecutors say Bennett was boating while intoxicated.

Prosecutors reportedly offered Bennett a plea deal of eight years to serve and 30 years on probation, but the boater refused it.

The jury deliberated for several hours on Wednesday before they were recessed for the evening. They will resume on Thursday morning.

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