A jury found Jeffrey Hubbard guilty Thursday of several charges in connection with a 2012 boating accident that killed Usher’s former 11-year-old stepson, Kile Glover.
Hubbard, a friend of the family, was found guilty of homicide by vessel in the first degree, serious injury by vessel, reckless operation of a vessel, unlawful operation of a personal watercraft, and a boat traffic violation.
Tragedy struck almost two years ago when Hubbard rode a jet ski over Glover and a teenage victim who were both being pulled on an inner tube across Lake Lanier.
Kile died about two weeks after the incident, while the other victim suffered a broken arm and a cut on her head.
Kile was on a vacation with his father, Ryan Glover, and the rest of the Glover family at the time.
For the charge of homicide by vessel alone, Hubbard could face up to 15 years in jail
Hubbard’s legal team argued that what happened on the lake was a mere accident and not caused by recklessness on Hubbard’s behalf.
Kile is the son of Usher’s ex-wife Tameka, who has been engaged in legal battles with the R&B star since they divorced in 2009.
Although the pair was in the midst of another legal battle at the time, Usher paid for Tameka to be flown out to the hospital immediately following the accident.
After Kile’s death, Tameka created the Kile’s World Foundation that sends kids to fine arts camps for theater, dance, media and more.
A 5K run/walk for the foundation is set for Atlanta on March 29, the anniversary of Kile’s birthday.