Connecticut man sentenced in 2009 boating accident

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A Guilford, Conn., man was sentenced Monday to prison time for a drunken boating accident that killed a childhood friend.

The New Haven Register reports that Arthur King Hall was sentenced in New Haven Superior Court to 10 years in jail, suspended after three-and-a-half years, with five years of probation for manslaughter with a vessel while under the influence, reckless endangerment and assault.

Hall pleaded no contest in May.

Police said Hall's blood-alcohol level was four times the legal limit on Sept. 3, 2009 when he drove an 18-foot Boston Whaler into a seawall. The crash killed 25-year-old Jonathan Cook and injured two other passengers.

The case has led to lawsuits against Hall by the victims' families and prompted state lawmakers to raise penalties for drunken boating, according to the report.

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