A Crisfield man has been convicted of polluting state waters by abandoning a dilapidated and sinking boat in a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.
State prosecutors say 56-year-old Gregory Sterling pleaded guilty to the charge in Somerset County District Court and was sentenced to 45 days in jail.
Prosecutors say the case against Sterling began when a homeowner reported a boat tied up at his dock without his permission. The 21-foot cabin cruiser was in poor condition, without a motor and flooding. Investigators determined Sterling was the person who left the boat.