Holly Ridge man enters guilty plea in death of Camp Lejeune Marine

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William Keith Genens (Photo from District Attorney Ben David)

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) — A Holly Ridge man entered a guilty plea in court on Tuesday in the death of a Camp Lejeune Marine in June.

According to District Attorney Ben David, William Keith Genens, 58, of Holly Ridge entered a guilty plea to involuntary manslaughter and reckless driving. Judge Frank Jones sentenced Genens to a split sentence of 16-29 months suspended plus 120 days active jail. He was ordered to serve the first 60 days immediately and will serve the remaining 60 days during December and into 2022. He will also be placed on 60 months of supervised probation. The judge also said Genens must, in person or by video, promote driver education.

On June 27, First Lt. Justice Regine Stewart, 25, of Camp Lejeune was running along Hwy. 50 in Pender County. Genens, who was driving a Ford F-150 truck, struck and killed Stewart.

Homeowners who heard the crash came to speak to Genens, who pulled over and was attempting to wave down a passing motorist. Homeowners aid Genens first refused to call 911 and, instead, called his adult children to get assistance for himself. Stewart died at the scene.

Officials conducted an investigation and determined Genens was driving while impaired.

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