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    ‘Worst Day of My Life’: Man Sentenced in Deadly DUI Crash That Killed Keesler Airman

    ‘Worst Day of My Life’: Man Sentenced in Deadly DUI Crash That Killed Keesler Airman

    A former civilian contractor will spend a decade in prison for hitting four airmen on Keesler , killing one and injuring the three others, while he was high on fentanyl and other drugs.

    Emmett Jason Bennett, 25, of Biloxi, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on a federal charge in the DUI death case. He will also spend five years under post-release supervision. In addition, Judge Sul Ozerden ordered Bennett to pay $166,435 in restitution for the July 28, 2021, crash that killed Keesler airman Daniel J. Germenis.

    The judge imposed the sentence on Dec. 20 in federal court in Gulfport, Mississippi.

    Bennett had traces of the prescription painkillers — fentanyl and oxycodone — and marijuana and an herbal supplement called kratom in his system when his Ford F-150 truck crashed into a light pole, then swung around and hit the airmen at the Biloxi Air Force base.

    Prior to sentencing, the judge heard from one of the injured airmen and his wife.

    ‘The Worst Day of My Life'

    The airman wrote about how he considers July 28, 2021, “the worst day of my life.”

    Just before Bennett's pickup truck hit them, the injured airman said he had been talking to Germenis about how he planned to ask his now wife to marry him the following week.

    “On the same day, he (Germenis) was taken from his wife and family because of a careless individual,” the airan said. “Having to recall this day makes me sick to my stomach every time.”


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