- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A judge in Ohio has set a new sentencing date for a deep-sea treasure hunter who pleaded guilty to contempt of court after spending years as a fugitive.

Tommy Thompson went missing three years ago amid demands he appear in court to account for missing gold coins and other assets taken after the discovery of an historic shipwreck. He and his longtime companion were apprehended in January at a hotel where he was living near Boca Raton, Florida.

Judge Algenon Marbley set a Dec. 15 sentencing date for the 63-year-old Thompson on Tuesday, the same day the judge got an update from lawyers on both sides.

Thompson faces two years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. Thompson must still answer questions about the location of the 500 coins.

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