District Attorney’s Office, Coast Guard announce false distress guilty plea

District Attorney's Office, Coast Guard announce false distress guilty plea
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia announced a Gloucester woman pleaded guilty Monday to making a false distress call. Ashley Strum-Smith, 29, pleaded guilty to a criminal information filed May 27 in United States District Court. Strum-Smith faces a maximum penalty of six years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000 and $82,764 in restitution...