A Forsyth County man convicted of BUI in a 2012 boat wreck that killed two boys is back in jail after authorities say he violated probation.
Paul J. Bennett was on parole from his two-and-a-half-year sentence when he was arrested April 12 by Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputies on the probation violation, according to sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Scott Ware. Ware said the probation warrants were misdemeanor warrants.
Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh said Bennett admitted the violations this week of missing a screen on one day, “then three days later having a diluted screen.” Drinking large amounts of water will dilute the alcohol concentration.
He now has to serve 60 days in jail and wear an alcohol monitor.
Bennett was convicted in 2013 on charges of operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol and reckless operation of a vessel. The charges stemmed from a June 18, 2012, boating incident on Lake Lanier, where Bennett’s fishing boat collided with a pontoon killing Buford boys — Jake Prince, 9, and Griffin Prince, 13.
Bennett was acquitted on eight counts of homicide by vessel. He received the two-and-a-half-year sentence in November 2013.
In February 2015, Bennett filed a petition for his release, claiming his good behavior allowances had not been counted. He was released in May 2015 after a deal was reached.