7 Years Amounts to Death Sentence: Man Who Faked Death

By BROCK VERGAKIS
|  Monday, Sep 19, 2011  |  Updated 6:21 PM EDT
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7 Years Amounts to Death Sentence: Man Who Faked Death

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A defiant Maryland man who faked his death by jumping into the Chesapeake Bay near Virginia Beach was sentenced to seven years in federal prison, which he said amounts to a death sentence.

Larry Deffenbaugh was convicted in May of conspiracy and communicating a false distress signal.

Deffenbaugh's brother reported him missing from a fishing boat they had rented in 2009, two days before he was to be sentenced on a probation violation in Maryland. Coast Guard crews searched for Deffenbaugh for 15 hours. He was found in Texas last year using a different name.

Deffenbaugh maintained that he was innocent during sentencing Monday. He compared himself to a falsely accused Jesus during a lengthy speech.

He's been ordered to pay more than $200,000 restitution to the Coast Guard.

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