Boating DUI Crash Kills 10-Year-Old Boy
A man who was driving a speedboat when it struck and killed a 10-year-old boy has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Defendant David Hatyina, who had earlier sobbed as he apologized to victim Tony Borcia’s family, was immediately taken into custody in handcuffs after the sentence was announced.
“I understand your sorrow, regret and remorse, but that does not change your choice to operate a boat under the influence … killing Tony,” Judge Clint Hull said in handing down the sentence. “It was too late for your family and for the Borcia family.”
Prosecutors had requested the maximum 14-year prison sentence for Hatyina. Hatyina’s lawyers asked that he be spared prison time and given probation, in part for the sake of Hatyina’s 9-year-old daughter, who was Down syndrome and other medical challenges.
The Bartlett man also said he hoped that his guilty plea to aggravated DUI has shown the court and the Borcia family that he takes responsibility for his actions.
The sentencing hearing got underway Thursday with emotional testimony from Tony’s parents and siblings describing their anguish at their loss and their continued struggles to cope. When he died, Tony had been tubing with his father and three siblings, who witnessed the grisly crash.
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