Man gets 26 years in boating death

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A Mississippi man found guilty of manslaughter in a drunken boating accident that killed his father and another man was sentenced Monday to 26 years in prison.

Brad Hardy, 31, was convicted in Rankin County last week in the deaths of Mikeal Hardy, 60, and Roger Gipson, 48. He was convicted of aggravated assault for injuring another man in the crash.

Prosecutors convinced a jury that Hardy crashed into other boats while trying to use his to splash people celebrating Memorial Day weekend at a sandbar on the Pearl River, which feeds the sprawling Ross Barnett Reservoir, a popular spot for water skiing and fishing in central Mississippi.

Hardy's defense claimed a catastrophic steering failure caused the crash.

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