Boater faces homicide charges in Lake Lanier crash

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The man accused of causing last month’s deadly boat accident on Georgia’s Lake Lanier was charged with homicide in the deaths of the two brothers who were killed.

A 13-count indictment showed that Paul Bennett, 44, of Cumming, Ga., was charged with homicide by vessel in the first degree, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He could face three to 15 years in prison if convicted of that charge.

Bennett was booked into the Hall County Jail on Friday afternoon and was being held without bond. His first court appearance was scheduled for today.

The arrest comes seven weeks after the collision that killed Jake and Griffin Prince. On July 18, Bennett’s boat crashed into a pontoon boat carrying 13 people that the boys’ father was driving during a late-night cruise.

Bennett, the driver of the speedboat, was arrested hours later and charged with boating under the influence. At the time of his arrest, investigators said additional charges could follow the outcome of a state Department of Natural Resources investigation.

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