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Powerboater sentenced for boating death

Maryland Natural Resources Police announced the sentencing of a 42-year-old Glen Burnie, Md., man for negligent homicide of a person by motor vessel while under the influence of alcohol.

The defendant entered a plea of guilty May 20 to a judge in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. The sentenced the man to five years in jail and suspended all but 90 days to be served at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center.

The boating accident occurred on Aug. 30, 2009, in Marley Creek in Anne Arundel County. The vessel struck another vessel driven by a 47-year-old man who died of his injuries. The defendant's blood alcohol level was tested at 0.18.

Maryland had 16 fatal boating accidents last year that resulted in 17 deaths, half of which involved alcohol or illegal drugs. Maryland has three boating fatalities this year, two in Somerset County and one in St. Mary's County.

Boaters are legally held to the same blood alcohol content limits as motor vehicle drivers. In Maryland, A blood alcohol level of .08 or higher will result in a DUI arrest.