Drunken boater gets jail time for negligent homicide
A Glen Burnie man who pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in a 2009 fatal boating accident has been sentenced to spend 90 days in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center.
Jon Randall Martins, 42, admitted he had a blood alcohol content of 0.18 when the boat he was driving in Marley Creek on Aug. 30 struck a vessel driven by Richard John Hynson, 47, of Glen Burnie. Hynson died of his injuries.
The legal limit is .08.
Anne Arundel Ciruit Judge Paul Hackner sentenced Martins to five years in prison but suspended all but 90 days to be served in the county facility.
Maryland had 16 boating accidents last year that resulted in 17 fatalities — the highest level in more than a decade. Half of the deaths involved alcohol or illegal drugs. So far this year, three boaters have died on the state's waterways, two in Somerset County and one in St. Mary’s County.