A boater involved in a deadly collision on Lake Lanier in June has been indicted by a Hall County grand jury, according to the Hall County District Attorney.
Paul J. Bennett, 44, was arrested on boating under the influences charges the day after a boating collision killed 13-year-old Griffin Prince and his 9-year-old brother Jake.
Griffin Prince was thrown into the lake's murky waters when a boat allegedly driven by Bennett hit his family's pontoon boat in June. His body was found several days later. Jake Prince died at the scene.
The Hall County District Attorney says the 13-count indictment was returned by the grand jury on Thursday afternoon. Bennett is now facing eight counts of homicide by vessel in the first degree, two counts of boating under the influence, two counts of reckless operation of a vehicle and one count of violation of duty to render assistance to identify vessel and self.
The homicide by vessel charges could put Bennett behind bars for life.
The Prince family declined to comment on the new charges. Bennett's attorney did not return FOX 5's phone calls.
No bond has been set for Bennett, who will make his first court appearance on Saturday at 10:30 a.m., according to the Hall County Sheriff's Office.
Shortly after the fatal accident, Gov. Nathan Deal and Georgia House Speaker David Ralston announced they will work on legislation to lower the legal alcohol limit for boaters.
Under the measure, the he limit would drop from .1 to .08, making it the same as the limit for motorists.
Georgia's Department of Natural Resources and Gwinnett police also created a partnership to catch more drunk boaters by putting officers on DNR boats with rangers.
Next weekend there will be a motorcycle memorial ride for Griffin and Jake Prince.
It kicks off at 11 a.m. on August 11 at the Lumpkin County Courthouse. It costs $40 to participate, with all proceeds going to a memorial fund for the boys.