Prison Sentence In Drunken Boating Accident

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A Guilford man has drawn 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 on Monday to 10 years in jail suspended after 3 1/2 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 when he crashed a Boston Whaler into a seawall on Sept. 3, 2009. 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.
Information from: New Haven Register,

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