New Hampshire man to serve 21 days for assaulting Coast Guard officer

Posted Feb. 09, 2013, at 11:02 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 09, 2013, at 2:05 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A New Hampshire man was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to 21 days in jail for assaulting a Coast Guard officer more than two years ago.

Scott Jellison, 53, of Derry, N.H., was found guilty by a jury of the federal misdemeanor in October. He was indicted by a grand jury the previous April.

Jellison began serving his sentence immediately.

In addition to jail time, Jellison was sentenced to one year of supervised release.

The charge stemmed from a November 2010 incident when Jellison was operating his fishing vessel off the coast of southern Maine when Coast Guard officers encountered him in an area that had been closed to civilian boating because of an ongoing U.S. Navy SEALS training exercise, according to court documents.

With Jellison’s permission, Coast Guard officers boarded the vessel. Although Jellison had claimed that his navigation equipment was not working, an officer found all of the equipment to be functional.

The officers concluded that Jellison was intoxicated and incapable of operating his vessel out of the training zone and back to shore so the officers moved the vessel out of the training zone.

The jury in October found that while heading back to shore, Jellison assaulted one of the Coast Guard officers and then resisted attempts to subdue him.

Jellison faced up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

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