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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Md. Man Likely to Avoid Jail Time in Boating Death

SNOW HILL, Md. (AP) - A Maryland man involved in a fatal boating accident is poised to avoid jail time provided he seeks alcohol counseling.
Robert Stanley Holmes, of Arbutus, was sentenced in Worcester County on Friday to a year in jail in the August death of Jordan Craig Hock. The 23-year-old Hock fell from a pontoon boat Holmes was operating in Assawoman Bay. Authorities say Holmes was drunk and Hock was riding at the bow.
Reports indicate Holmes will not have to go to jail provided he undergoes alcohol counseling and satisfies the other terms of his probation.
The judge, Gerald V. Purnell, said the sentence would have been harsher had he found evidence that alcohol was a factor or that Holmes was negligent in operating the boat.

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