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Man sentenced to nearly 2 ½ years in Seattle ferry theft; says it was birthday present to self

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 (http://is.gd/5l9geV ) 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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Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/

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