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Samuel McDonough, Victoria Clipper Ferry Thief, Sentenced To 2 1/2 Years

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Samuel McDonough has been sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for stealing the Victoria Clipper ferry in Seattle.
Samuel McDonough has been sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for stealing the Victoria Clipper ferry in Seattle.

A man who told police he took the Victoria Clipper ferry from its Seattle waterfront berth as a birthday present to himself has been sentenced to nearly 2 ½ years in prison.

Samuel McDonough of Preston was able to break the ferry away from the dock on Dec. 1 but didn't know how to operate the vessel, which was spotted drifting in Elliott Bay. The 33-year-old was eventually arrested.

KOMO-TV reports that McDonough was sentenced Friday. He earlier pleaded guilty to burglary and theft charges.

He also told police he was a "pirate" and said he wanted to go to Victoria, British Columbia.

In charging papers, prosecutors say McDonough took the $8 million, 480-ton boat after climbing through a hole in a fence and using keys he found in the boat's pilot house.

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