May 9, 2019 - Gregory LEPERA Guilty of Manslaughter While Boating Under the Influence

Yesterday (May 9), a Seminole County Jury found Gregory LEPERA (59) guilty of Boating Under the Influence Manslaughter (F2) in connection with the May 12, 2012 death of James Kedzierski (42) on Lake Sylvan in Sanford.

The Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission Division of Law Enforcement investigated the incident after an 18 foot boat struck a dock at approximately 1:20 am. At the time of the crash, the boat was being operated by LEPERA and occupied by passengers Kedzierski, and Emily Walker (44). Kedzierski was ejected from the boat and killed, with LEPERA sustaining significant injuries, and Walker sustaining minor injuries

The investigation revealed that LEPERA was under the influence, with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.203 gml which is 2.5 times the lawful limit of 0.08 gml. DNA evidence, Walker's testimony, and LEPERA's admissions to investigators placed him in control of the boat and at the helm when the crash occurred. The FWC also found that LEPERA was operating the boat without required lighting, at speed and in a careless manner that did not properly consider existing hazards known to him on Lake Sylvan.

Assistant State Attorney Stewart Stone who prosecuted the case said "This was a long process and very difficult for the Kedzierski family and Emily Walker." He added, "I'm thankful to the jury who not only found the truth, but delivered justice on behalf of Mr. Kedzierski and Ms. Walker."

LEPERA faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. Sentencing is scheduled for June 10, 2019 at 9:00 am before Judge Jessica Recksiedler at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, Court Room 5D.


Todd Brown
Public Information &
(321) 617-7310

Office of the State Attorney
18th Judicial Circuit
2725 Judge Fran Jamieson
Way Building D
Viera, Fl. 32940

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