GAINESVILLE, Georgia (AP) - A jury in Gainesville has acquitted a man of homicide charges in a Lake Lanier boating accident that killed two boys.
The jury hearing the trial of Paul Bennett delivered their verdict Thursday afternoon. The jury found Bennett guilty of boating under the influence, reckless conduct and failing to offer help after the accident, and sentenced him to two and a half years in prison.
Authorities have said Bennett's fishing boat collided with the front of a pontoon boat June 18, 2012, killing 9-year-old Jake Prince and 13-year-old Griffin Prince.
The judge presiding over the trial removed a juror from the case after they used the Internet to try finding out more about legal penalties Bennett could potentially face.
Bennett's attorney said the wreck was an accident.