Tug Boat Pilot In Ride The Ducks Crash To Be Sentenced Today

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The tugboat pilot, who accepted blame in a fatal Duck Boat crash that killed two Hungarian students, is scheduled to be sentenced today in federal court.
Recommended federal sentencing guidelines call for a prison term of about 3-4 years, but the defense is seeking leniency.

Defendant Matthew Devlin pleaded guilty back in August (see related story) to a single count of misconduct of a ship operator causing death.

But the defense is arguing for probation, or house arrest, contending the accident resulted from a perfect storm of circumstances.

Defense attorney Frank DeSimone argues Devlin was in a state of shock, on the phone and internet prior to the crash, after learning there had been a serious problem during a supposedly routine surgery for his son (see related story). The child survived and has recovered.

The government concedes defense arguments for a below guideline sentence may have merit, but also argues the court should impose a significant period of incarceration for the crime, and to deter others from distracted operations.

Reported by Tony Hanson, KYW Newsradio 1060

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One Comment

  1. patriot2112 says:

    Get the Duckboats out of our commercial waterways and out of historical neighborhoods. These dingys had no business in the water with tankers and massive shipping vessels Horrible!

  2. Catfish Bob says:

    sounds like the government has privately conceded most Duckboat operators are idiots and a menace to society, who should have no right operating their silly crafts on a commercial waterway.

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