A Kentucky doctor convicted of killing his Cape Breton wife by running her down with a pontoon boat has been sentenced to five years in prison.

The Advocate-Messenger in Danville reports Boyle Circuit Judge Darren Peckler followed the jury’s recommendation in sentencing Steven Hall yesterday.

The jury convicted the former Halifax man of second-degree manslaughter in the death of his wife, Isabel Hall, who was run over on Herrington Lake in May 2009 by a pontoon boat he was driving.

Hall died as a result of deep chop wounds to her head and left arm.

Steven Hall, a graduate of Dalhousie University medical school, has maintained the death was accidental. The incident took place as the couple was celebrating their 21st wedding anniversary.

Isabel Hall was formerly of Sydney River.

The judge refused a defence request to probate the sentence, citing the “seriousness of the offence.”

Second-degree manslaughter is a Class C felony and carries a sentence range of five to 10 years in prison.

– with files from The Canadian Press