Man Pleads Guilty in Connection with Lake Martin Boating Death

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By CBS 8 News

27-year-old Brian Little plead guilty before a judge today in connection with the accident that happened in 2010 on Lake Martin.

Ashley WIlliams fell from Little's pontoon boat, and was killed by the boat's propeller. Marine investigators say Little was drinking at the time of the accident.

Little is free on bond and will be sentenced July 31st.  He faces a maximum of 5 years in prison.

 A man charged with homicide by vessel for the death of a 26-old-year woman has pleaded guilty.

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Jane D. said on Friday, Jul 20 at 12:53 AM

Truthaddict you are unbelievable. Ashley is gone because of his actions! What you just said made me physically ill. If your loved one was killed because of someone 's negligence, you would feel differently. Why did this man jump out of a boat and run away if he had done nothing wrong. That says it all. Show a little respect "truthaddict"

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jamie from kingsport,tn friend of ashley said on Thursday, Jul 19 at 11:41 AM

this sickens me!we will never get ashley back and ppl comment dumb uneducated comments!if u dont have the facts then get them and then comment!seriously!!brian little is a murderer and should get life in prison!he plead guilty!we will never get ashley back and he doesnt deserve the rt to have a happy long life!tragic,for lack of a much better word(s)!rip ashley we luv you always!!

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falin said on Thursday, Jul 19 at 2:30 AM

How is this a crime? Anyone who doesn't see how it is a crime should crawl back under there rock! Granted accidents happen but you don't run and hide from your mistakes! I vote the law needs changed. This guy deserves longer than 5 years!

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friend said on Friday, Jun 29 at 2:56 PM

which one?

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Anonymous said on Friday, Jun 29 at 1:40 AM

Seriously? Did someone really just put that last comment!!!!

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Friend from Tennessee said on Thursday, Jun 28 at 12:01 PM

No one, not one person...deserves to be left abandoned in the water. Regardless, he should've attempted to save her life instead of worrying about his own consequences. I am very glad that after almost 2 years, a guilty plea has came out & his cowardly actions has finally been owned up to. It's easy to comment on this story, but when one doesn't know the entire story or first hand seen the devestation this has had upon her family, then there is no comprehension. People act irresponisble all the time, unfortunately, but there is wordly punishment for such actions. I am thankful & so are others that her family didn't have to sit thru a trial of autopsy photos and detailed testimony. His guilty plea, comes as a relief. A life is a life whether it's on pavement or on water. The maximum punishment should be carried out. He's only 27 & would be out by 32. Then will have the rest of his life to live, where Ashley does not.

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Friend said on Thursday, Jun 28 at 10:26 AM

The fact that he didn't help her and ran away is what is so inexcusable! He didn't even know if she was dead or alive and didn't care! Ashley would have been the first one in if this had happen to any of those people on the boat! That's what is so sad. And the family nor Brian has shown no remorse in this! She was a wonderful young lady that was going to be a nurse, so that tells you what kind of young woman she was. Willing to help anybody she could! The fact that HE just left her there is what is so sad!

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Lake Resident said on Thursday, Jun 28 at 8:55 AM

I have kids in their 20's and I live on the lake. If one of my kids had been on that boat (in any capacity) I'd be very disappointed with their judgement and saddened beyond belief if they were killed. I often see folks without proper training come to the lake and do things that are very dangerous and unfortunately they sometimes result in tragedy. When those kids boarded that boat, they were thinking about fun and nobody foresaw the night ending in tragedy. This was a terrible accident. It is easy to place blame and much harder to accept and share responsibility for the negligence. All of the "facts" involving this accident (beginning from the time anyone boarded that boat) lead in a path to disaster and I hope they can be put to good use as a learning tool. I have no doubt Miss Williams was a wonderful young lady and I'm sorry for your loss; hopefully her death will lead to better awareness in boating safety.

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friend said on Wednesday, Jun 27 at 9:30 PM

Yes it was irresponsible BUT you dont know the whole story nor was you there! The boat was still and he started pushing the throttle up and down!! They didn t have time to sit down!! So if you have children and this happened to you, would you still feel the same way!! Feel free to comment after you have ALL the facts!!

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Lake Resident said on Wednesday, Jun 27 at 3:56 PM

I think everyone aboard that boat acted irresponsibly; any fool should know you don't stand on a moving boat. If the driver was going wide open and the passengers didn't sit down, they are also guilty of very poor judgement and share in the blame (not to mention that I'm sure they knew the driver was drinking). Little was wrong in what he did and leaving the scene was inexcusable, but this was a terrible accident that never should have happened.....I see no reason to change the laws and Mr. Little will be punished. It's very sad that Miss Williams lost her life in an accident that everyone on that boat should have had the common sense to prevent.

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her sister said on Wednesday, Jun 27 at 2:52 PM

The laws in AL on a BUI should be the same as a DUI. Even if everyone was drunk on this boat the person driving should be responsible enough not to, the driver of a vessel is responsible for all on board. Mr Little jumped off the boat and was hiding for almost 3days. He and his family have shown no remorse or sympathy for what he did. Things would have been differant if he had stayed and try to help her. The boat wasnt properly equipt with the correct lighting. Al boating laws are far from being safe. A lake the size of Lake Martin should have had more than 2 marine police on Labor Day weekend. This lake is sometimes miles wided. My family and i have lost something that can never be replaced! The actions and immaturity of the boats driver is what caused this to become a horrible crime. If anyone whishes to contact the family for any reason you can find me under the WAKA CBS 8 News plugin link under thier likes. Also Bethany Williams on fb. May God help us in our loss.

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friend said on Wednesday, Jun 27 at 1:37 PM

Ashley was a vibrant loving person and just because he was a coward and didnt try to help is inexcusable!! Yea accidents happen but you try to help them not run away not knowing if they are dead or alive. Ash was a good perso and i know SHE would have helped him!! Rip Ash We love you!

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laylaker192 said on Wednesday, Jun 27 at 8:06 AM

THERE IS WAY MORE TO THE STORY . I WAS ON THE BOAT . LITTLE WAS DRUNK AND WAS GOING FULL THROTTLE AND YANKED THE CONTROLS BACK WHICH CAUSED EVERYONE TO SHIFT FORWARD AND CAUSED ASHLEY TO FALL OFF AND LOOSE HER LIFE. HE IS A SAD EXCUSE FOR A CAPTIAN AND SHOWED NO REMORSE BY JUMPING OFF THE BOAT AFTER THE ACCIDENT AND LEAVING EVERY ELSE STRANDED . IT IS A CRIME IN ITSELF THAT THE MAX HE CAN GET IS FIVE YEARS !!!

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Anonymous said on Tuesday, Jun 26 at 7:14 PM

Ashley is my aunt! The boating law should be changed! Im 14 and even i know that was a stupid act!

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Neighbor said on Tuesday, Jun 26 at 1:45 PM

Because he decided to drink he took everyone's life in his hands that night. When she fell if he hadn't had been drunk he might had could had helped her and saved her life. If i wreck with you in my car and I am drunk and I kill u I get life. Why is this so much different. Ashley was my best friend growing up and she isn't here anymore because Brian Little decided to drink and drive a boat that night and she died because of his stupid act.

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Anonymous said on Monday, Jun 25 at 6:58 PM

if it wasnt a crime then why did he flee the seen? you cant get away with murder.He probably made them fall off the boat.People do stupid things when they are drunk.what if the girl was your mother or sister,how would u feel?coming home one day and thier not there anymore.

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TruthAddict said on Monday, Jun 25 at 5:19 PM

Something is missing with this story. Yeah, he was drinking, but sometimes people die when they fall out of boats and get struck by the prop. How is this a crime? There has to be more to this story.

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