United States v. Deffenbaugh
he was arrested. He was charged with causing a distress call to be made to the Coast Guard; and conspiracy to commit a crime against the United States. After being convicted, Deffenbaugh appealed claiming that because Giannetta didn't know that causing a distress call was a federal offense, she didn't have the same criminal objective as Deffenbaugh and thus he could not be charged with conspiracy against the United States. A panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Deffenbaugh and Giannetta's plan to disappear was made with the intent of causing a distress call, affecting a search, and having Deffenbaugh declared dead. It didn't matter if she didn't know she was committing a crime against the United States. Her conduct wasn't any less blameworthy. As a result, Deffenbaugh's conviction was affirmed (Deffenbaugh also challenged the length of his sentence as unreasonable, but that part of his appeal is not covered here).
|A yacht once owned by Larry Deffenbaugh of Calvert County is listed for sale in Florida. It was seized by lenders in 2006. (Hmy Yacht Sales)|