More than a year ago, we ran an item about Justin P. Stahmer, a 39-year-old
man from Newport News, Virginia, who was accused of making false (and
drunken) distress calls to the Coast Guard. As you might imagine, the
Coasties frown upon those.
Do they ever.
Recently, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Stahmer was
sentenced to almost five years in federal prison — four years, eight
months — for the crimes that included a June 2016 false call that a man had
gone overboard. That prompted a full, futile and expensive search of the
area by the Coast Guard.
Stahmer was arrested on a charge of boating under the influence and he
upgraded to full felony when he kicked and threatened a Coast Guard
officer, saying he would “take him out” if they ever met again.