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Boater draws prison time for fatal crash

They were friends since childhood, but now with one in jail and the other dead, the lives of the two young men and everyone around them are forever changed.

That was the sentiment of stories and statements read in New Haven Superior Court Monday morning during the sentencing of Arthur King Hall, who had pleaded no contest to charges related to a drunken boating accident that killed Jonathan Cook, 25.

The Sept. 3, 2009, crash involving the 18-foot Boston Whaler driven by Hall also injured passengers Elizabeth “Libby” Protzman and Devon Hardy, both now 24. All four are from Guilford, and they had taken a trip together in Long Island Sound before the boat crashed into a sea wall.

“If a sentence was based solely on the pain and suffering you’ve caused, you’d never see the light of day,” Judge Roland Fasano said at the sentencing. “You put yourself behind the wheel of a vessel intended for fun and you converted that vessel into a guided missile.”

Click here for the full report by the New Haven Register.