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Crisfield man pleads guilty to polluting after abandoning sinking boat

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.