A former U.S. Navy captain was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to 40 months in prison for conspiracy, bribery and obstruction of justice charges stemming from his dealings with contractors at the U.S. Naval Academy.
James E. Weston, who was the public works officer at the academy, is free on his own recognizance and will surrender to federal marshals on Sept. 9. In addition to the prison sentence, Judge John R. Hargrove ordered that Weston, 47, be supervised for three years after his release from prison and that he pay a $7,500 fine along with $350 in court costs.
Jane F. Barrett, an assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted Weston, said she argued for Weston's imprisonment to highlight the need for "punishment and deterrence" and because Weston, a 1965 graduate of the academy, had sullied the academy's honor and violated the public trust.