Maryland man who stole, crashed plane to pay just $40

Updated: May 23, 2010, 11:19 AM IST

Frederick: A homeless man caused about USD 12,000 in damage when he stole and crashed a single-engine airplane at a Maryland airport — but he`ll pay just USD 40 in restitution.

Frederick County Circuit Judge G Edward Dwyer Jr expressed surprise Thursday upon learning of the small amount.

Dwyer asked: "Only USD 40?"

Prosecutors explained that insurance had paid for all the damage except for a USD 40 deductible.

Fifty-one-year-old Calvin C Cox has served half of his nine-month sentence for the December theft. His lawyer has said Cox stole the plane because he was homeless and cold.

At sentencing in April, Dwyer authorized work release for Cox so he could earn money to pay restitution to the plane`s owner, Mid Atlantic Soaring Associates Corp.

Bureau Report