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May 21, 2010 12:02 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Fine for stealing plane: $40

A homeless man caused about $12,000 in damage when he stole and crashed a single-engine airplane at a Maryland airport - but he'll pay just $40 in restitution.

Frederick County Circuit Judge G. Edward Dwyer Jr. was surprised at the small amount,"Only $40?"

Prosecutors explained that insurance had paid for all the damage except for a $40 deductible. 

Calvin C. Cox has served half of his nine-month sentence for the theft. His lawyer has said Cox stole the plane because he was homeless and cold.

At sentencing in April, Dwyer authorized work release for Cox so he could earn money to pay restitution to the plane's owner, Mid Atlantic Soaring Associates Corp.

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