Coast Guard boat pilot sentenced to three months

Posted on 25 March 2011
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Coast Guard petty officer Paul Ramos will serve three months in a military jail and lose both a rank and $1,300 in pay for his role in the death of a California boy in December 2009, according a sentence handed down Wednesday by a military jury.

The Coast Guard jury on Tuesday convicted Ramos, 22, of a single count of dereliction of duty, throwing out the charges of negligent homicide, involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault, which could have carried a 10-year sentance.

Ramos was driving the 33-foot Coast Guard patrol boat that crashed into a smaller pleasure boat during the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, killing 8-year-old Anthony DeWeese.

The Coast Guard is still conducting an internal administrative investigation into the crash. When finished, it could lead to policy changes. The National Transportation Safety Board is also preparing a report.

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