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3 men plead to scuttling sailboats, motor boats in Long Island Sound

A Southbury man and two other Connecticut residents have pleaded guilty to the scuttling of several sailboats and motor boats in Long Island Sound.  71-year old John Magness, 70-year old Peter Albrecht of Norwalk and 60-year old Carlos Santos of Westbrook pleaded guilty to a federal charge obstruction of navigable waters by sinking a vessel. 

Magness owned Bluefish Cove Marina in Bridgeport, and while preparing to sell the property in 2018, he and Albrecht, an employee, engaged Santos to sink several abandoned vessels without a permit.  Magness agreed to forgive Santos’ unpaid dockage fees in exchange for his help.  At least 5 were scuttled between the Black Rock Harbor and the Pennfield Reef Lighthouse from October 2018 and April 2019. 

The charge carries a maximum term of imprisonment of one year and a fine of up to $100,000.  They are released pending sentencing.

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