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May 27, 2010

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.

Posted by Candus Thomson at 3:01 PM |
About Candus Thomson
In a world of paper vs. plastic and candy mint vs. breath mint, my early memories involved a debate about the merits of freshwater vs. saltwater.

On the one hand, a great uncle’s fishing cabin on the Susquehanna River beckoned, but so did family gatherings on the Jersey Shore.

The correct answer, thankfully, was, “both.”

As The Sun’s outdoors writer for more than a decade, I’ve fished across Maryland in one day, hiked the width of the state in one hour, camped overnight in the median of I-95 to experience the wildlife between the fast lanes and chased mountain bikers in a 24-hour marathon race.

Those are some of the highlights. I’ve also fallen in a raging Gunpowder River during a trout survey (photo available upon request), had a shark spill its guts on my clothes and been stuck in a sub-freezing Vermont wilderness with men armed with flintlocks and hatchets, shuffling along on ancient wooden snowshoes.

And, in my travels I’ve met lots of you, who share a love of the outdoors and the good times and mishaps that go along with it.

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