Island lobsterman convicted of trying to ram fellow fishermen

By Stephen Betts | Sep 07, 2017

Rockland — A 31-year-old Vinalhaven lobsterman will serve up to 90 days in jail after being convicted of trying to ram a skiff with two other fishermen aboard last fall.

Carl B. Gross was convicted Wednesday, Sept. 6, in Knox County Superior Court of reckless conduct and operating a watercraft to endanger. Charges of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and terrorizing were dismissed.

He pleaded guilty to the charges as part of a deferred disposition. The agreement calls for him to be sentenced next September to 364 days in jail with all but a maximum of 90 days suspended if he refrains from additional criminal conduct during the next year, pays $350 in restitution, and undergoes counseling.

Gross will be placed on probation for a year upon his release from jail. His attorney, Philip Cohen, will be able to argue for fewer than 90 days in jail when the September 2018 sentencing hearing is held.

The incident involving Gross occurred Nov. 30, 2016, in Vinalhaven Harbor. He is accused of using his lobster boat to threaten Jacob Watt and Morgan Martin by trying to ram the skiff they were in. The lobster boat made contact with the skiff, but the men were able to get off the skiff and onto some floats.

Gross also was convicted of an unrelated domestic violence assault that occurred last year. A second domestic violence assault charge was dismissed.

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