The Marcus Schrenker sentence is over 4 years in federal prison. Schrenker is the Indiana man who staged a plane crash to fake death. He was sentenced today to 51 months in federal prison for the scheme. Schrenker was accused by Indiana authorities of white collar crimes related to his business. Shortly after the allegations surfaced in Indiana he attempted to fake his death by crashing the plane we was piloting.

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Read more about the Marcus Schrenker sentence and see a video detailing the circumstances surrounding the crash.

According to news reports:

He was sentenced to 51 months in prison Wednesday, said a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office in the northern district of Florida.

Schrenker also must pay the Coast Guard more than $34,000 in restitution and must pay Harley-Davidson Credit Corp., the plane’s lien-holder, more than $871,000, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

Schrenker’s story, and the plane crash associated with it, generated suspicion from the beginning. The New York Post said the following:

Prosecutors say Schrenker was trying escape financial problems and a crumbling marriage when he faked his own death in January.

You have to hand it to the guy, most people who fake their death don’t do it in such a spectacular fashion. It’s not like he just pushed his car over a cliff, or disappeared at sea. Oh no, this guy got into a plane, radioed controllers to tell them what was going on, and generated a response from the Coast Guard and a couple of F-15 fighter jets. He’s lucky no one was harmed when the plane eventually crashed.

Marcus Schrenker was eventually found due to a parachute being found in trees which lead back to him. In addition to the parachute the plane was discovered to have an intact windshield after the crash despite reports that the windshield had imploded and that he was bleeding profusely. There was no blood found in the cockpit.

Marcus Schrenker Plane Crash Story

Court documents stated that Schrenker “stated to air traffic controllers that he was not going to make it” and then the plane remained at 3500 feet and flew close to the city of Harpersville, Alabama where Schrenker had stored a motorcycle which he used to flee the area. Schrenker was eventually found by US Marshalls in Florida where he was arrested on a warrant out of Indiana.

This isn’t the end of the legal troubles for Schrenker. Although Marcus Schrenker sentenced federally to over four years in prison, he still faces felony charges in Indiana related to financial crimes. The plane crash to fake death didn’t quite work out the way he planned. Depending on where he ends up serving his time, and how long his state sentence ends up being, Marcus Schrenker may end up wishing he had stayed in the plane. So what are your thoughts on this one? I think this guy got in over his head and even in his attempts to escape he appears to have a need to be the center of attention, instead of just disappearing quietly. I mean, it’s not like a plane crash is going to go unnoticed.