Maine man fined $ 45,000 for scuttling boats in Connecticut


BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut – The former Connecticut marina owner was sentenced Monday to two years probation and a $ 45,000 fine for intentionally sinking abandoned boats in Long Island Strait.

John Magness, 72, of Bristol, Maine, pleaded guilty last November to a federal charge of obstructing navigable waters by sinking a ship.

Magness was in the process of selling Bluefish Cove Marina in Bridgeport in 2018 when he struck a deal with an employee and another man to scuttle several sailboats and motorboats that had been abandoned in the marina, prosecutors said.

Investigators have discovered that at least five boats were sunk between Black Rock Harbor and Pennfield Reef Lighthouse at Magness’s request between October 2018 and April 2019, prosecutors said.

The other two men involved, Peter Albrecht, of Norwalk, and Carlos Santos, of Westbrook, have each previously pleaded guilty to the same charge and were each sentenced to one year of probation.

Prosecutors said Magness had agreed to forgive the unpaid royalties to Santos in return for helping with the sinking of the ships.

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