Michigan boater convicted in Great Lakes sinking

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A Cheboygan, Mich., mariner was sentenced to 50 months after being found guilty on charges related to the sinking of a boat and polluting the water, a U.S. attorney announced last week.

Wayne T. Duffiney, 60, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Thomas L. Ludington and ordered to pay $57,308.05 in restitution to the Coast Guard.

Duffiney was convicted by a federal jury in April 2009 in Bay City, Mich., on three of four charges stemming from his conduct on May 14-17, 2007.

He was convicted of violating the federal Clean Water Act by discharging pollutants into the navigable waters of the United States; sinking or causing the sinking of the Misty Morning in the navigable channels of Lake Huron; and of failing to mark the sunken vessel with navigation aids after it was sunk in the navigation channel of Lake Huron.

Click here for the full press release and click here for a photo of the sunken vessel.

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