Meridian Star

January 16, 2014

Man gets 26 years in boat crash killing his father

The Associated Press
Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi Supreme Court will consider an appeal from a man convicted of manslaughter in a drunken boating accident that killed his father and another man.

The appeal from Brad Hardy is among dozens the Supreme Court will consider during its January-February term. The court will not hear oral arguments.

Hardy was sentenced to 26 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Mikeal Hardy and Roger Gipson were killed and another man was injured when Hardy crashed into other boats while trying to use his boat to splash people during a holiday weekend at a sandbar on the Pearl River.

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

Prosecutors say Hardy's blood alcohol level was 0.09 percent — above the legal limit of 0.08 percent — almost 90 minutes after the accident.