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BWI fatality yields jail time for boater

Matthew P. Fortin on Friday stood feet away from the parents of the two young women he killed during a night of drunken boating on Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay in May 2010.

“I am sorry every day since this happened and I will be sorry for the rest of my life,” Fortin said in Newport County Superior Court.

His words were greeted with stares and tears followed by wrenching testimony about the vast gaps left by the deaths of Kaylee A. Therrien and Alesia Ann DeSa.

Therrien and DeSa, both 23, died after the 22-foot Sea Ray Fortin was driving crashed into Despair Island around 1 a.m. on May 16, 2010. The boat was traveling an estimated 39 mph when it hit the rock outcropping off Hope Island. Therrien and DeSa were thrown from the boat and died upon hitting the rocks. Another passenger, Joel J. Mayer, 26, was seriously injured. Fortin was drunk at the time.

Click here for the full report with emotional testimony from the victims’ parents.