Sentence In Ferry Dredging Case

A federal judge says North Carolina's former ferry division chief must serve six months under house arrest for lying to federal investigators about illegal dredging.

Jerry Gaskill was convicted last June on one felony count. Federal prosecutors recommended he be sentenced to about two-and-a-half years in prison. But U-S District Judge Terrence Boyle rejected that today, instead giving identical sentences to both Gaskill and a former
subordinate who ordered the dredging.

Bill Moore had pleaded guilty in December 2005 to ordering employees to dig in Currituck Sound so that a new passenger ferry could run from mainland Currituck County to Corolla. Boyle sentenced each of the men to three years probation, 150 hours of community service and a five-thousand-dollar fine in addition to the house arrest.