Update: Verdict handed down for Martinsville man charged in deadly boating crash last July

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PITTSYLVANIA CO., Va. (WDBJ7) UPDATED

SOURCE: MGN

The man charged in connection to the death of a 17-year-old girl on Smith Mountain Lake last July received his sentencing in Pittsylvania County on Monday.

Drewry Hall's charge of attempting to operate a boat in a reckless manner was reduced to an improper operation charge, resulting in a $300 fine.

He was also sentenced to 20 hours of community service for the charge of purchasing or possessing alcohol. He has until October 30, 2018 to complete those hours and the charge will be dismissed.

The judge also ruled that Hall must pay $441 in court fees.

UPDATED

In Pittsylvania County, the man charged in connection to the death of a 17-year-old girl on Smith Mountain Lake last July appeared in court for a hearing continuation Monday.

Drewry Hall is charged with attempting to operate a boat in a reckless manner and purchasing or possessing alcohol.

The defense motioned to dismiss witness testimony, but the motion was denied by the judge.

Both sides will give their closing arguments in court next Monday.

UPDATED

The man charged in connection to the death of a 17-year-old girl on Smith Mountain Lake last July appeared in court for a hearing continuation in Pittsylvania Monday.

Drewry Hall is charged with attempting to operate a boat in a reckless manner and purchasing or possessing alcohol.

Another charge connected to having a fake ID was dismissed by the judge.

The defense has motioned to dismiss witness testimony from two people.

The judge will rule on that in October.

UPDATED

The man charged in connection to the death of a 17-year-old girl on Smith Mountain Lake last July appeared in court Tuesday.

Drewry Hall is charged with attempting to operate a boat in a reckless manner, getting documents to make false status, and purchasing or possessing alcohol.

Both the defense and prosecution have more witnesses to call.

The case will be continued on August 14.

ORIGINAL STORY

A 20-year-old from Martinsville has been charged in a deadly boating crash on Smith Mountain Lake over Fourth of July weekend.

Drewry Hall has been charged with operating a boat in a reckless manner, underage possession of alcohol, and getting documents to make a false statement, according to online court records.

Hall was operating a boat that crashed into a jet ski on July 3 near the Anthony Ford Boat Ramp, according to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The crash killed 17-year-old Gabby Ayers of North Carolina, who was on the jet ski.

Hall's attorney, Thomas Cullen, released a statement Tuesday saying they are disappointed in the decision to file a misdemeanor reckless operation charge. The statement said Hall was not charged with boating while intoxicated, and alcohol played no role in the accident.

After the jet ski and fishing boat crashed, Hall and his passenger jumped into the water without life vests and initiated a rescue, according to his attorney. They saved the life of the jet ski operator but were unable to save the passenger, his lawyer wrote.

"Put simply, we believe that Drew could not have done anything to avoid the accident, and he acted heroically in its aftermath," the statement from Cullen said.

The charges against Hall were filed on September 20. He is due in court for a hearing on May 16.