Robert Axford told a Michigan court that he lost his wife, his boat and the couple's "dream of retirement" when a 29-foot Baja powerboat smashed through his cabin cruiser last summer.
"This crime stole our beautiful lifetime dream by obliterating both her and the boat in the blink of an eye," Axford said inside St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael West's courtroom Tuesday.
Brandon Verfaillie, the 32-year-old driver of the Baja powerboat, will serve five to 15 years in prison for his involvement in the August crash.
"There's no doubt in my mind that had alcohol not been involved in this particular situation, this incident would not have occurred," the judge said before sentencing Verfaillie.
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