Beer Pong Video Sends Man to Prison for 33 Years
It's the surveillance video that sent Kenneth Jenkins to prison for more than three decades. Jenkins was taped at a Florida bar enjoying a booze-fueled game of beer pong.
At the time he was caught on video playing the drinking game, Jenkins was awaiting sentencing for a terrible DUI accident. West Palm Beach Assistant State Attorney Ellen Roberts had actually ordered him to stay away from all bars.
"I was amazed that anybody could be so stupid and brazen," she tells INSIDE EDITION.
Beer pong is a drinking game in which ping-pong balls are thrown into cups. It often encourages binge drinking and is popular with college kids at frat parties.
The reason the video made people so upset? Jenkins was awaiting sentencing for leaving a bar and driving drunk, going the wrong way on I-95.
A witness made this 911 call:
Caller: "There's a car headed the wrong way. He's going southbound in the northbound lane."
Moments later, Jenkins plowed head on into a Mercedes-Benz with four people inside.
Fire and Rescue: "We have two that are deceased and two that are trapped in the vehicle."
Police Dispatch: "Two confirmed fatalities?"
Fire and Rescue: "Yes."
In the end, three died. Only Angela Rapoport survived.
"She said they saw the car at the last second and that there was nothing her husband could do," says Roberts.
By some miracle Jenkins, 28, survived the crash. He later pled guilty and was awaiting sentencing when the DA got a call from the victims' family asking if they could hire a private investigator to trail Jenkins.
The P.I. trailed him to a bar, where he was caught on videotape playing beer pong.
"He had the audacity to do this. To go play beer pong at a public bar," Roberts says.
At his sentencing, Jenkins admitted he made the worst mistake of his life.
"I'm here to take full responsibility for the horrors of my actions," he told the court.
He was hoping for a sentence of four to eight years, but the video was played for the judge, and he was sentenced to the maximum, 33 years. It was good news for the grieving widow.
"33 years is fair because he destroyed, totally destroyed, everyone's life," Rapoport said.
Jenkins, whose blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit at the time of the accident, also had seven prior traffic offenses.