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June 18, 2013 | 12:48 PMST. CHARLES, ILL. — The man a town supervisor helped bond out in a homicide case last fall was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Dan Hatyina, 51, of Bartlett, Ill., faced charges after he was involved in a July 28, 2012, boating accident in which a 10-year-old boy died. Geneva Town Supervisor Gene Decker paid $50,000, 5 percent of Hatyina's bond. In an Aug. 23 interview, Decker said Hatyina is his brother-in-law.
In April, Hatyina pleaded guilty to aggravated driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, according to the Associated Press.
"I feel so badly," Hatyina said Friday during a sentencing hearing. "So help me God, I am so sorry."
Tony Borcia, 10, of Libertyville, Ill., died in the boating accident on Petite Lake, which is part of the Chain O' Lakes in northern Illinois.
He was riding on an inner tube pulled by a boat when he fell off and was struck by the boat operated by Hatyina.
Hatyina's girlfriend, Renee Melbourn, testified Friday that Hatyina cries "every single day" about Borcia's death.
But Kane County Judge Clint Hull said Hatyina's remorse came too late. Hull said Hatyina chose to use cocaine, drink alcohol and operate a boat, and now he wants to take those choices back.
"Unfortunately, we do not have the power to do so," Hull said.
Borcia's family members wept in court after the sentence was given on the second day of the two-day sentencing hearing.
Hatyina's bond initially was $1 million, or a cash bond of $100,000.
On Aug. 23, Decker said Randy Johnson — vice president of Nameplate and Panel Technology, where Hatyina worked for 18 years — also posted $50,000. With $100,000 posted, Hatyina was able to avoid incarceration at Lake County Jail.
"Our hearts go out to that family (the Borcias), but nevertheless, the worst thing I thought that would happen to (Hatyina) was for him to lose his job," Decker said. "That's why I posted bond."
He also spoke candidly with the Regional News about the case against Hatyina. Decker called the claim that Hatyina used cocaine hours before the accident "hooey." Decker also said preliminary tests showed Hatyina's blood alcohol content was below the legal limit.
"They released him and they said if they had any questions they'd get back to him," Decker said.
He also said he wouldn't say that Hatyina's "being set up, but he's being set up."
Immediately after the hearing Friday, Hatyina was taken into custody.
On Thursday, June 13, Jim Borcia, Tony's father, testified that he still has nightmares about the day his son was killed.
"Every time I see a dad playing catch with his kid, it's like a knife in my stomach," Jim Borcia said during his victim-impact statement. "Tony was not only my son, he was my best friend."