- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Rapid City man involved in a fatal crash on Lake Pactola has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Thirty-year-old Jody Kreycik was sentenced Monday after earlier pleading guilty to second-degree manslaughter and boating under the influence. Authorities say he was drunk when the personal watercraft he was driving collided with a boat on Aug. 14. The crash killed 33-year-old Gabrielle Fisher of Rapid City, who was on the boat.

Kreycik apologized in court. Members of both Kreycik and Fisher’s families asked the judge for leniency and to sentence Kreycik to a prison alternative program.

Fisher’s father said his family forgives Kreycik and sees the incident as a “terrible, terrible” accident.

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