Okaloosa man convicted of BUI manslaughter
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Media contact: Toni Brannon, 850-265-3676
Thursday afternoon a jury in Shalimar found Augusta
"Gus" Frederick Kennedy, 48, of Destin guilty on three counts of
boating-under-the-influence (BUI) manslaughter after deliberating
for only one hour.
Kennedy was charged in the deadly boat crash off Okaloosa Island
near Brooks Bridge on Sept. 4, 2009. His blood alcohol levels
at the scene were 0.192 and 0.194. The legal blood alcohol
level is 0.08.
Kennedy was operating an 18-foot Bayliner when it
crashed into a boat being operated by William Brenner, 56, of
Daphne, Ala. The collision resulted in the deaths of George
Brenner, 79, and Donna Brenner, 78, of Mobile, Ala., and Jeane
Crowson, 70, of San Antonio, Texas.
The BUI manslaughter conviction, a second-degree
felony, can result in a maximum of 60 years in prison.
Circuit Court Judge John Brown presided.