Paul J. Bennett, 44, of Cumming, the operator of a fishing boat that struck a pontoon boat earlier this summer, killing two siblings, 9-year-old Jake Prince and his brother Griffin, 13, has been indicted by a Hall County Grand Jury.
Hall County District Attorney Lee Darragh spoke with Cumming Patch and said Bennett was arraigned Thursday afternoon for:
- 8 counts of homicide by vessel in the first degree (four counts for each of the two Prince boys),
- 2 counts of boating under the influence,
- 2 counts of reckless operation of a vessel,
- 1 count of violation of duty to render assistance and identify vessel and self.
As for what happens next to Bennett, Darragh said, “Obviously he is scheduled for later hearings, but beyond that I don’t have any other information for you.”
The tragic incident happened Monday night, June