WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (WPTV) – An original co-founder of Salt Life Apparel was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Thursday.
In the Palm Beach County Courthouse, Michael Hutto pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the 2020 shooting death of an 18-year-old woman.
Hutto told detectives that he and Lora Grace Duncan were on their way to the Florida Keys when they stopped at a Singer Island hotel.
Hutto said they were playing as if they were shooting with their finger and a gun, but then he pointed a gun at her and it fired.
Hutto said he put the gun in his backpack and drove away until he ran out of gas.
Deputies said he made it to Jacksonville, where deputies found him making delusional comments and crying.
Hutto was taken to a hospital, where he told deputies “I think I hurt my Gracie” and began to cry.
Salt Life released a statement after learning of the charges against Hutto: “Last week we learned that one of Salt Life’s original founders, Michael Hutto, pleaded guilty to charges brought against him. Our deepest sympathies are with the deceased’s family, friends, and loved ones.”
Salt Life says in 2013, the original co-founders sold their entire business to the new owners and have not been associated with the brand in any way since the purchase in 2013.