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Man pleads guilty to theft of Victoria Clipper ferry in Seattle, faces 2 years in prison

A prosecutor's office in Washington state says Samuel K. McDonough pleaded guilty Friday to burglary and theft charges for trying to steal the Victoria Clipper ferry on the Seattle waterfront.

King County prosecutors are recommending more than two years in prison when the 33-year-old is sentenced Jan. 24 in Seattle.

McDonough was able to break away from the dock Dec. 1 but didn't know how to operate the vessel, which was spotted drifting in Elliott Bay.

McDonough told police that he wanted to go to Victoria.

He was arrested by a SWAT team that boarded the ferry.

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