Kenneth Paul Reda, 40, of Acworth, will be released Tuesday. He pleaded guilty in January 2011 to second-degree homicide by vessel, three counts of making false statements, violation of oath of officer by a public officer and tampering with evidence in connection to the April 22, 2010, death of Brent Stephens of Douglasville.
Reda was given a 15-year sentence, with four to be served in prison.
Reda was driving his 22-foot fishing boat on Lake Allatoona with Shelly Powell of Acworth and Stephens, police said. The boat hit a buoy, which sent Stephens overboard as the three were travelling to Harbor Town Marina, off Galts Ferry Road in Acworth, after eating dinner at Props ’n Hops restaurant on Victoria Landing Drive in Woodstock, according to police.
Police said Reda called 911 roughly 90 minutes after hitting the buoy, after dropping Powell off. He initially told a 911 operator that Stephens had jumped off the boat, and that it had just been him and Stephens on the boat. According to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, he told authorities that Powell was there to meet Stephens, even though it was Reda who was romantically involved with her.
Reda and Powell were arrested six days later.
In February 2011, Powell was convicted in Cherokee County Superior Court of making false statements to police and hiding evidence. She was sentenced to eight years’ probation.